Professor Mona Siddiqui, FRSE, FRSA , Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, University of Glasgow
Christian-Muslim relations: hope or challenge?
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There are multiple way of looking at the relationship between two of the world’s largest faiths. While some point to existing even worsening tensions, many who are involved in Christian-Muslim relations understand that the moral and social challenges facing us demand that people place God’s love and mercy at the centre of their thinking. This is a challenge for all of us however we think of God. In the UK, Christian-Muslim conversations are a luxury; in many other parts of the world they are a necessity for the simple security of a society. This lecture will look at some of the themes and tensions which are present when these two faith groups engage.
Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, University of Glasgow
Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow where she is also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her areas of research and publications are the Qur’an, classical Islamic law, religion and contemporary ethics and Christian-Muslim issues. In 2008 she was the Jantina Tammes Visiting Professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Professor Siddiqui contributes to a wide range of media and is currently the Chair of the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland. She is also a commissioner on the Calman commission looking at the future of Scottish Devolution in the UK and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Faith.
Professor Siddiqui is an international speaker and in 2005 was awarded fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Arts for her contribution to the academy and public life.