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Does Struggle Give Life Meaning?

Part of With God on Our Side… Religion and War

Leading academic and religion commentator Mona Siddiqui OBE delivers a keynote address.

Mona draws on Islamic and Christian traditions to explore whether struggle gives human life meaning.

Ranging from the medieval writings of Muslim theologian and philosopher Al-Ghazali, to the mystical poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, spiritual leaders and visionary thinkers have tried to uncover the nature of existence.

How have Muslim and Christian thinkers reflected on the theme of human struggle, suffering and hope? Should struggle be embraced as an opportunity for spiritual purification and growth, and should we accept it as an inevitable part of being human?

Mona Siddiqui OBE is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and the author of numerous acclaimed books on religion, including How to Read the Quran, The Good Muslim, Islam and Hospitality, and Christians, Muslims and Jesus.

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The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in both the Saturday and Weekend Passes, and is part of The Search for the Meaning of Life Weekend.

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