Professor Siddiqui has been invited to lecture at Oxford University

The 2016 Barbara E. Ward Commemorative Lecture at Oxford University will be given by Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies

Professor Mona Siddiqui

Annually, for the last 30 years, The International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall has held a Commemorative Lecture in honour of feminist social scientists who have made a significant impact to their fields. The Annual Commemorative Lectures are attended by many long-time members and associates, as well as friends and colleagues from near and afar. They invite speakers from diverse disciplinary and international backgrounds who are renowned leaders in their field to give the lectures.

Professor Siddiqui will talk on Veiled voices and the struggle for God.  

The lecture will be followed by Q&A, and drinks reception: drinks reception from 6:30-7:30 in the adjacent Monson Room  

Wednesday May 18th 2016 - 17:00-19:30

Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall


Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity school in December 2011 as the first person to hold a chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. She also holds the posts of Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean international for the Middle-East at the University of Edinburgh  Prior to this she worked at Glasgow University directing the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. Amongst her most recent publications are, Hospitality in Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name (Yale UP, 2015), My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey (IB Tauris, 2014), Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013), and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She has held visiting professorships at several Dutch and American universities including a Humanitas Professorship at Cambridge University in 2014. 

She is well known internationally as a public intellectual and a speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life. She is a regular commentator in the media, known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day.  In 2012, she appeared as a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2012 and in July 2015, was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions.  She chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland. She has recently been elected to join the Nuffield Council of Bioethics and invited onto the Board of the Franco-British Council. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds four honorary doctorates and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Scottish Architects for her contribution to public life.  In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services. In 2014 she spoke on religion and politics at the World Economic Forum in Davos as she is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she was named in the Debretts top 500 list of the most influential people in the UK. In 2016, she will give the Prideaux lectures at the University of Exeter, the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen, and the Commemorative Lecture at the International Gender Studies Centre at LMH (University of Oxford).

For details about previous Commemorative Lectures, please view our 'Pre-2014' page here.