Professor Ataullah Siddiqui

Professor of Christian-Muslim Relations, and Interfaith Understanding


BA (Hons)
PhD (University of Birmingham)
PhD (Honouris Causa) University of Gloucestershire


Dr Ataullah Siddiqui is a Professor of Christian-Muslim Relations and Inter-Faith Understanding at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education where he was also the Director of the Institute from 2001 to 2008. He was a founder President and Vice Chair of the ‘Christian Muslim Forum’ in England, and a founder member of the Leicester Council of Faiths.

Research Interests

  • Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Interfaith Relations
  • Islam and Pluralism 
  • Islam in/and the West
  • Muslim Chaplaincy
  • Islam in South Asia
  • Training of Religious Leadership -Imams and ‘ulama


His publications include:

  • Forthcoming "Portrayal of Christianity and use of Christian Sources in the Tafsir-i Sanai of Sanullah Amritsari (d. 1948)" International Journal for Asian Christianity2019
  • (2018)   Pope Francis, Islam and Dialogue’   in  Kasimow, H & Race, A (2018) Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue: Religious Thinkers Engage with Recent Papal Initiatives, London: Palgrave Macmillan. pp.169 - 180.
  • (2017)  Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and the Honour of the Prophet: the Danish Cartoon Crisis in Perspective’ in Kidwai, A.R. (Ed) Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Muslim Renaissance Man of India – A bicentenary Commemorative Volume, New Delhi: Viva Books. Pp. 308 – 321.
  • (2014) ‘Muslim Perceptions of Asian Christianity: A Survey’,  chapter published in The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia,  New York: Oxford University Press pp. 379 - 391

He is also the author of a government report:

  • Islam at Universities in England: Meeting the Needs and Investing in the Future, 2007, which may be downloaded from here.

He has contributed chapters and articles to several books and journals.