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The Margaret Harris Lecture on Religion 2015

'Veils, Values and Voices- Religion and the Public Space', by Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE

At a time when much of the western world is trying to understand and situate the role of religion in the public sphere, Islam has probably become one of the most easily identifiable images of religious life in our urban societies. Yet the visibility of Islam has become problematic for many who see the faith and its followers as being opposed to the freedoms of liberal democracies. The diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society requires an active commitment to certain values. Diversity should not mean that as a society, we hold nothing in common.
Mona Siddiqui is internationally renowned as a public intellectual and a regular commentator in the media. 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 and, in January 2015, she was named in the Debretts 500 list of the most influential people in the UK.
The Margaret Harris Lecture was instituted in 1965 and named after an early benefactress, whose estate endowed the first chair of physics and more recently, in 1973, the Chaplaincy Centre at the University.

A book signing and drinks reception will follow this lecture.


Professor Mona Siddiqui | talks


Date and Time:

11 November 2015 at 5:30 pm


1 hour



Events, University of Dundee
Tower Building
01382 385108

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