Conversations with...Mona Siddiqui


  • Angela Quartermaine Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick
  • Angela Quartermaine Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU), Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick



Religion, faith, multiculturalism, Muslim, Christian, British society


The renowned Islamic theologian, Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE, is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, the family moved to the UK in 1968 and she currently resides in Scotland. She earned her BA in Arabic and French at the University of Leeds, and her MA in Middle-Eastern Studies and PhD in Classical Islamic Law from the University of Manchester.  In addition to being the first Muslim woman to be appointed the Head of Theology and Religious Studies Department at University of Glasgow, her academic work includes texts on the Qur’an (2007), Islam (2010) and Islamic Law (2012a). Professor Siddiqui has also worked extensively on promoting interfaith relations, for which she was awarded an OBE in 2011. She currently holds a visiting professorship at the universities of Utrecht and Tilburg and is an associate scholar at Georgetown University’s Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.


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Angela Quartermaine, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick

Angela is currently in the third year of ESRC-funded doctoral research into pupil perceptions of “Terrorism”


Aziz, S. E. (2009) “Sticks and Stones, The Words that Hurt: Entrenched Stereotypes Eight Years after 9/11” in New York City Law Review, vol. 13 pp.33-67

Cantwell Smith, W. (1962 [1991]) The Meaning and End of Religion, Fortress Press, Minneapolis

Huntington, S. (1997) The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, New York, Simon and Schuster

Khan, A. (20th Dec 2013) “Meet America's first openly gay Imam”, Al-Jazeera Website: [accessed 24/02/14]

Lewis, B. (2002) What went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, New York, Harper Collins

Odone, C. (2014) “The New Intolerance” in New Stateman, 10th Jan 2014, Vol. 143, Issue 1, p22-27.

Ramadan, T. (2004) Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Siddiqui, M. (2005) “When Reconciliation Fails: Global Politics and The Study of Religion”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73 pp.1141-1153

-- 2007 How to read the Qur’an, Granta, London

-- 2010 (ed) Islam, 4 vols. Sage, London and New York

-- 2012a The Good Muslim: Themes in Classical Islamic Law and Theology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

-- 2012b Desert Island Discs Interview with Mona Siddiqui, Radio 4, 21st Oct 2012

-- 2013 Christians, Muslims and Jesus, Yale University Press, New Haven & London

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