Dean International for the Middle East and Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies of the University of Edinburgh visits The British University in Dubai

Monday, February 15, 2016

The University of Edinburgh is a founding partner in the British University in Dubai.  On 15th February its Professor Mona Siddiqui visited the British University in Dubai to discuss ideas for the development of exchanges and collaborations between BUiD and the University of Edinburgh.  As the recently appointed Dean International for the Middle East, her concerns are to find ways to expose academics and students in UAE and UK to other ways of thinking, experiencing and believing, and to generate tolerance, respect and curiosity.  An advocate of the value of the humanities to university education, she explored with BUiD Deans how to introduce into the BUiD curriculum study of philosophy, religion, literature, and history to stimulate critical thinking, the skills of argument, and the ability to see from multiple perspectives.  Professor Mona gave an invited talk to all members of BUiD academic and administrative staff, and colleagues from Dubai International Academic City.  The presentation encouraged thought provoking questions from the attendees; Prof. Siddiqui happily took their enthusiastic questions which created an intellectual atmosphere of discussion and participation.

Professor Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity 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. 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, My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey, Christians, Muslims and Jesus, and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology.

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. She chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland, is recently elected to 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 member of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum. In 2016, she will give the Prideaux lectures at the University of Exeter and the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen, focusing her talks on ‘human struggle’.

Notes For Editors

Nishath Syed Rizwan
Head of Marketing
The British University in Dubai
T: +971 4 279 1422
E: nishath.rizwan@buid.ac.ae

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