Mona Siddiqui, OBE, FRSE, FRSA (born 3 May 1963) is a British Pakistani Muslim academic. She is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. and is a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution. She is also a regular contributor to Thought for the Day and Sunday on BBC Radio 4, and to The Times, The Scotsman, The Guardian, Sunday Herald.
Siddiqui was born in Karachi, Pakistan. The family moved from Pakistan to England in 1968. Her father was a psychiatrist and moved to England to carry out post-graduate work in Cambridge. His work eventually took the family to Huddersfield when he gained a substantive job. They lived in four successive houses in Huddersfield, moving partly because the family expanded from four to six, and finally into a 1930s detached house in a relatively prosperous area near the town centre. The household was very literary and there were many books in the house.
Siddiqui became closest to her sister about seven years younger than herself. Urdu was generally spoken at home, and so the children became bilingual. Her father also spoke Arabic and worked in Saudi Arabia for a few years, where he was visited by Siddiqui at the age of about 18 together with her sister. At the age of 11, Siddique attended Salendine Nook High School, a multicultural school, where she excelled in English. She later moved to Greenhead College.
Siddiqui is fluent in French, Arabic and Urdu and is married with three sons.
Siddiqui took her Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and French at the University of Leeds (graduating in 1984), and her Master of Arts in Middle-Eastern Studies and PhD in Classical Islamic Law at the University of Manchester (graduating in 1986 and 1992 respectively). She served as a member of the Advisory Boards for Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish Asian Arts, IB Tauris Religious Studies project and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in March 2005 and of the Royal Society of Arts in October 2005. She also holds an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Leicester. In addition she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of Huddersfield. She has worked at the University of Glasgow since 1996, and in 1998 founded the Centre for the Study of Islam. In 2006, she was appointed Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, and served as a Senate Assessor on the University Court.
Her areas of specialism are classical Islamic law, law and gender, early Islamic thought, and contemporary legal and ethical issues in Islam. Professor Siddiqui is the author of 'How to Read the Qur'an' Granta, a four volume edited collection, `Islam' (Sage) and `The Good Muslim' (CUP). She is currently working on two further monographs with Yale UP and IB Tauris. She has published articles and chapters on classical Islamic Law and also writes and speaks frequently on Christian-Muslim issues.
Siddiqui was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to inter-faith relations. Siddiqui is patron of The Feast, a pioneering youthwork charity which is focussed on community cohesion between Christian and Muslim young people.
- How to read the Qur'an. London: Granta Books. 2007. ISBN 9781862079458.
- Islam (4 vols). London Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage. 2010. ISBN 9781847873606.
- The good Muslim: reflections on classical Islamic law and theology. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2012. ISBN 9780521518642.
- The Routledge reader in Christian-Muslim relations. London New York: Routledge. 2013. ISBN 9780415685542.
- Christians, Muslims and Jesus. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2013. ISBN 9780300169706.