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Professor Mona Siddiqui

Visiting Professor 

Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Virginia Woolf Building 
22 Kingsway




Mona Siddiqui studied Arabic and French followed by a Masters in Middle-Eastern Studies and a Phd in classical Islamic law.

She is currently Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean International for the Middle East at the University of Edinburgh.  Her areas of research are in classical Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. She also serves on the ethics committee of the BMA.

Professor Siddiqui is well known as a public intellectual where she engages on issues of faith and ethics in society. She is a regular commentator in print and broadcasting media, a frequent contributor to Thought for the day for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland as well as being panellist on Radio 4’s Moral Maze. She also chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee.  She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal Society of Arts and in December 2012 was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects in recognition of her public work in the UK. In 2011 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contribution to interfaith services.  She holds 5 honorary doctorates and currently serves as Chair of a Home office commission looking into sharia councils in the UK. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Classical and modern Islamic law and ethics
  • Christian- Muslim encounters
  • Islamic thought: past and present

Mona Siddiqui’s research interests are largely classical Islamic jurisprudence and the theological encounters between Christianity and Islam. She has published widely in these areas and in her comparative approach draws on scriptural themes within both religions.

She has supervised students in a broad range of Islamic Studies subjects using primary texts in Arabic ( and where necessary, Urdu). She welcome enquiries from students who wish to study both classical and contemporary Islam and the theological encounters between Christianity and Islam. 

Selected publications

Mona Siddiqui, The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic law and Theology, Cambridge University Press, June, 2012.

Mona Siddiqui, The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations, Routledge, December 2012

Mona Siddiqui, Christians, Muslims and Jesus – Yale University Press, 2013

Mona Siddiqui, Islam and Hospitality: Welcoming in God’s Name, Yale UP, October, 2015.

Mona Siddiqui, 50 Ideas, Islam, Hodder and Stoughton, November 2016.


Mona Siddiqui’s teaching focuses largely on law, ethics and pluralism as well as an array of literature of the Islamic world. She also teaches aspects of gender and Islam as well as Christian-Muslim relations 

Expertise and public engagement

Wide variety of public engagement;

  • Chair of the Home Office Sharia Review
  • Member of Nuffield Council of Bioethics
  • Member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the BMA
  • Chair of the BBC Religious Advisory Committee

Happy to engage with media on a range of issues related to religion, ethics and politics in public life.

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