[Mona Siddiqui receives her honorary doctorate from the University’s Pro-Chancellor Jacqueline Wilson]
Elham Asaad Buaras
A lecturer in Muslim law is among the latest recipients of honorary doctorates presented by the University of Roehampton in London last month.
Professor Mona Siddiqui received her doctorate of letters award during the University’s two day graduation event at the Royal Festival Hall from Roehampton’s Pro-Chancellor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, in recognition of her invaluable contributions to her field and wider position in society.
Siddiqui OBE joined the University of Edinburgh in 2011 and is the first Muslim professor in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. Her research is primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence. She has published heavily, including on how to read the Qur’an and has held visiting professor posts in a number of countries.
In March she took the post of Humanitas professorship in Women’s Rights at the University of Cambridge. She is a regular media commentator, and chairs the BBC’s religious advisory committee.
Speaking at the University’s graduation ceremony, Professor Mona Siddiqui said: “I am really touched, it is a great privilege to return to the University of Roehampton, where I gave my first ever lecture. I would like to thank the Pro-Chancellor Jacqueline Wilson, and the Vice-Chancellor Paul O’Prey and the University of Roehampton for this honorary doctorate award, it is a great honour and I am truly humbled by it.”
During her speech, she also told graduating students: “The essence of learning is that in an uncertain world a good education is the one thing no one can take away from you.”
In a statement to The Muslim News a spokesman for the University of Roehampton said: “Mona Siddiqui, and the other eminent personalities who have received our honorary awards this year, represent the best of the attributes we instill in our students: commitment to excellence in their fields, passion for their subject and love for the world around them. The University is proud to be associated with people like Professor Siddiqui and to recognise the contribution she has made to society.”