Open Lecture 15 February 2018 – 6pm

Rethinking Hospitality: from law to ethics.

Speaker: Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE (University of Edinburgh)

Islamic ethics exists within the framework of ‘commanding right and forbidding wrong’. Yet exactly what is meant by right and wrong lies within the scope of ethics, which is most often subsumed under Islamic law during the classical period. In the context of modernity, which throws up so many challenges, what does Muslim ethics look like? This lecture will explore the limits of classical legalism when rethinking and expanding the virtues of hospitality as a theological and sociological paradigm today.

Mona Siddiqui, OBE is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. She is Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean International for the Middle East. Her primary research interests are in the areas of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian –Muslim Encounters. Her most recent monographs include Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale UP, 2013) and Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name (Yale UP, 2015). She is a regular commentator in various international media and chairs the BBC’s Scottish Religious Advisory Committee. She holds various visiting professorships and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Arts; she has received five honorary doctorates and is listed in Debretts top 500 most influential people in the UK.

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