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University hosts an audience with Mona Siddiqui

19 April 10

The University of Bradford is hosting an audience with a leading speaker on Islam, Mona Siddiqui, on Thursday 22 April 2010.

The event, entitled 'Islam and Citizenship - A Theological Debate?' is part of the 'In My View' programme, a series of thought-provoking and stimulating evening events that cover a broad subject base.  Sometimes controversial, possibly unorthodox, certainly designed to stimulate discussion, the events are proving to be very popular.

Mona Siddiqui is currently Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding at the University of Glasgow, as well as the Director of its Centre for the Study of Islam, and is a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Born in Pakistan she grew up in England and since 1991, has been living in Glasgow. She graduated from the University of Leeds with an Honours degree in Arabic and French and continued her Masters in Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester where she also completed her doctorate on the rules of marriage in classical Islamic law.

She lectures nationally and internationally on inter-religious issues as well as legal and ethical dimensions of Islam. She is involved in a number of Christian - Muslim dialogue initiatives and has been a participant in the 'Building Bridges' series of seminars with Archbishop Rowan Williams for six years. She has also published widely on classical Islamic law and on social and political issues relating to Islam in Europe.

Dr George Sheeran, from the School of Lifelong Education and Development, who helped organise the event, said: "We are really looking forward to this 'In my view' lecture.  Mona Siddiqui will be well known to many people, as a frequent contributor to Radio 4's Today Programme."

The discussion will be held at 6:00pm in the John Stanley Bell lecture theatre in the Richmond Building at the University.  Places are free but must be booked. To reserve your place please e-mail or call 01274 234009.

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For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.