11 Mar 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 9


The lectures are all free to attend and no registration is required. 

Mona Siddiqui (University of Edinburgh) will give  a series of lectures and participate in a concluding symposium. This second lecture is Mary  in Christian-Muslim Relations.

The Theological and Christological conversations between Chrisianity and Islam have historically centered on Jesus as either prophet or messiah. But Mary or Mariam, mother of Jesus is also mentioned more times in the Qur'an than in the entire New Testament.  Some consider her role to be a bridge between the two faiths, an icon of purity and piety.  But there is no cult of Mary in Islam and as some have pointed out, her virginal status does not represent the ideal of the feminine in Islamic cultures.  Yet Mary as both a woman and devotee, enjoys a distinct position in Islamic thought even if ultimately it is Jesus who became the star of the story.

Other events in this series

Lecture 1: Monday 10 March Can you Text a Divorce? Negotiating Women’s Rights in Law and Society

Lecture 3: Wednesday 12 March From the Feminine to Feminism: Women in Islamic Thought and Literature

Symposium: Thursday 13 March Feminism, Religion, and Women's Rights


For administrative enquiries please contract Michelle Maciejewska.

About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Women's Rights has been made possible by the generous support of Mrs Carol Saper.

The Humanitas Chair in Women’s Rights was conceived as a way to explore the political, sociological and theoretical issues pertaining to Women’s Rights from global development and environmental change to biomedical advances.

Past Humanitas Visiting Professors in Women's Rights

2012-13: Melanne Verveer (first first US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues)
2011-12: Baroness Helena Kennedy (Barrister and expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues; member of the House of Lords)
2010-11: Nancy Fraser (Henry A and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics, The New School for Social Research, New York)

Standing Committee

Henrietta L. Moore (Sociology)
Sarah S. B. Franklin (Sociology)
Jens M. Scherpe (Law)

Hosting College

King's College

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