Catch up: Diatribe, dialogue, and difference – Mona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui OBE gave a lecture on 'Diatribe, dialogue, and difference: reflections on Christian-Muslim relations' (2 October 2018, Sheffield Cathedral).

Mona Siddiqui OBE delivers a lecture at Sheffield Cathedral

About the talk

Throughout history, the encounter between Christianity and Islam has been largely driven by theological, political, and sociological differences.

Mona Siddiqui explored how major disagreements on issues such as the nature of God, law, and salvation led to serious intellectual engagement between Christian and Muslim scholars, but also to increasing estrangement.

She then examined the ways in which many historical stereotypes about Christianity and Islam have been revived in our twenty-first-century politics, and what that means for Christian-Muslim relations today.

The talk was part of the God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics lecture series.

Lecture and interviews

Watch Mona Siddiqui's lecture
Interview with Mona Siddiqui (part 1) on: 'My way: A Muslim woman's journey'
Interview with Mona Siddiqui (part 2) on: 'How to read the Quran'

About our speaker

Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity School in 2011 as the first Muslim to hold a Chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. Her research areas are Islamic jurisprudence and ethics as well as Christian-Muslim relations.

Among her publications are:

  • 50 Ideas in Islam (2016)
  • Muslim-Christian Encounters (2016)
  • Hospitality in Islam (2015)
  • My Way: A Muslim Woman’s Journey (2014)
  • Christians, Muslims, and Jesus (2013)
  • The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (2012)
  • How to Read the Qur’an (2007)

Mona Siddiqui is well known internationally as a speaker on religion and ethics. She is known especially for her appearances on BBC 4’s Thought for the Day and The Moral Maze and she has been a guest on Desert Island Discs and Private Passions. In 2011, Mona Siddiqui was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services.

Mona Siddiqui OBE delivers a lecture at Sheffield Cathedral
Mona Siddiqui with Henk de Berg

Get in touch

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University of Sheffield
School of Languages and Cultures
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1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA