Professor Siddiqui to talk on Muslim-Christian dialogue in Brussels

Professor Siddiqui will be speaking at the LERU event "Research on Religion, crucial for Europe’s societies", in Brussels on the 17th March 2016.

The event will introduce some fascinating research undertaken at LERU member universities that shows very well how research on religion is important for European societies today and tomorrow.

The LERU Deans of Theology and Religious Studies have written a statement on the importance of research on religion for Europe’s societies (attached). The event aims at translating this statement into practice by showcasing excellent examples. The event is also meant to discuss the statement with a wider public. Policy makers, research funders or anyone with an interest in SSH research in general or religion research in particular, is very welcome to participate.

Venue: Neth-ER, Aarlenstraat/Rue d’Arlon 22, 1050 Brussel


Draft Programme:

11.00 am

Welcome by Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU



Introduction by Johannes Zachhuber, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the University of Oxford



Religious recognition, presentation by Risto Saarinen, Professor of Ecumenics at the University of Helsinki



Religion in crisis and Roman Catholic self-definition, presentation by TBC (KU Leuven)





1.00 pm

Healthcare Values Partnership, presentation by Andrew Papanikitas, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Oxford University



Muslim-Christian dialogue, presentation by Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies and Assistant Principal Religion and Society, University of Edinburgh



Q&A followed by discussion