Mona Siddiqui, OBE is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies and Assistant Principal for Religion and Society at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. Her forthcoming book, with Cambridge University Press, based on her 2016 Gifford lectures is titled The Struggle of Human Existence: Christian and Muslim Reflections. Professor Siddiqui is also well known internationally as a public intellectual and a speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life and a regular social commentator in the media. She is known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day as well as the award winning The Moral Maze and in 2012 appeared as a guest on Radio 4’s acclaimed Desert Island Discs.
In April 2016, she was invited by the Home Office to lead an independent review of shari`a councils in the UK; the report was published by the Home Office in February 2018. In 2014 she spoke on religion and politics at the World Economic Forum in Davos and in 2017 was listed in the Debretts top 500 list of the most influential people in the UK. In April 2019, she received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds six honorary doctorates and in April 2019, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences.