University honour for renowned inter-faith relations expert

An internationally published author and renowned expert in inter-religious issues, Professor Mona Siddiqui, will receive an honorary award of Doctor of Education (DEd) from Robert Gordon University (RGU) at a graduation ceremony on Friday 13 July at 10:30am.

Mona SiddiquiProfessor Siddiqui is currently Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, having joined the university in 2011 as the first person to hold such a role.

Her internationally-recognised expertise on issues around religion, ethics and public life has seen her become the recipient of several international research grants and a regular contributor in the media, including the BBC, The Times and The Guardian. In 2012, she appeared on Desert Island Discs and she chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee, while in 2014 spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of RGU, commented: “I am hugely delighted that RGU is honouring Professor Siddiqui for her work across a career that has been a true inspiration to many.

“Whether through her research and published work, or her efforts leading numerous boards and religious reviews, there is many reasons why she is included in the Debrett’s 500 list of most influential people in the UK.

“One of the university’s core aims is to benefit our community and society as a whole, and I am sure that Professor Siddiqui’s story will act as an inspiration to many of our graduating students.”

On this basis of her research into Islamic law and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations, Professor Siqqiqui was invited to give a prestigious Gifford Lecture at the University of Aberdeen in 2016. In the same year, the Home Office invited her to lead an independent review into Shari’a councils in the UK; the review was published in February 2018.                                

This Doctor of Education award is Professor Siddiqui’s sixth honorary doctorate in recognition of her achievements. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Scottish Architects. 

She is a member of the BMA’s Medical Ethics committee and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services.


Release by Rob Smith
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