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Loyalty: A Personal and Political Journey – Mona Siddiqui in Conversation with Cabinet Secretary, Humza Yousaf MSP

Join us on Tuesday, 27 September, at 5:15pm in the Rainy Hall at the School of Divinity. Professor Mona Siddiqui will interview with Humza Yousaf MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government, about his own personal, religious and political journey into public service. 

Loyalty is essential to expressions of faith, family and friendship but can come into conflict with other identities. This event will reflect on experiences of loyalty and assess the place of loyalty in the current political and religious landscape. 

This event is sponsored by the Issachar Fund. 


Humza Yousaf

Humza Yousaf was born in Glasgow on April 7, 1985. Educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, he graduated with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department's prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme.

Going on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP,  he was then elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in May 2011, and to the constituency of Glasgow Pollok since 2016. He has held a number of ministerial positions in the Scottish Government since 2012, and joined cabinet in June 2018 as Cabinet Secretary for Justice. He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in May 2021.

Professor Mona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui, OBE, is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh and well known commentator in the media. Her research lies in the field of Islamic law and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. She currently holds a distinguished Visiting Professorship at Hartford International University and is currently the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society at the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies. In April 2022, she was elected VP International at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.



Humza Yousaf Headshot ©Scottish Government