Professor Mona Siddiqui to deliver F.D. Maurice lecture

Professor Mona Siddiqui will deliver this year’s Kings College, London F.D. Maurice Lecture. The event will take place 16 March 4.30-6pm GMT on Microsoft Teams.

Human Struggle: Literary, Theological and Philosophical Reflections

Professor Mona Siddiqui: "Struggle is common to all humankind.  It is part of the human condition and constant themes in philosophy, sociology, and psychology. In this lecture I ponder how humankind finds meaning in life during an age of uncertainty. I explore the theme of human struggle through the writings of people who searched for meaning in the face of adversity.  Considering these thinkers and literary figures, I examine how suffering and struggle force the faithful to stretch their imagination to bring about powerful and prophetic movements for change. The moral and aesthetic impulse of their writings will also stimulate inter-cultural and interdisciplinary conversations on the search for meaning in an age of uncertainty."

Professor Mona Siddiqui

Professor Mona Siddiqui, OBE is a renowned academic, writer and broadcaster, based at the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.  Her publications include: 50 Ideas in Islam (Quercus, 2016), Muslim Christian Encounters 4 volumes, (Routledge, 2016) Hospitality in Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name (Yale UP, 2015), and her forthcoming book Human Struggle: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (CUP) in March 2021. Professor Siddiqui is also well known internationally as a public intellectual and a speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and a panellist on the BBC’s award winning The Moral Maze , as well as appearing as a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In April 2019, she received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation. 

 Professor Siddiqui is a Visiting Fellow at the Departmental of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London.

FD Maurice Lectures

The FD Maurice Lectures were established in 1933 in honour of Frederick Denison Maurice. Maurice, who was Professor of English Literature and History (1840-1846) and then Professor of Theology (1846-1853) at King's, was forced to leave the College in 1853 on the grounds that his theological ideas would be detrimental to students, although a more fundamental reason was probably his social radicalism. The establishment of the lectures testified to a later generation's recognition of Maurice's enormous contribution to education and to society. The lectures have been given by some of the most eminent specialists in their field and are designed both for students and staff and for the informed public.  

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