One thought on “Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh

  1. No doubt Mona’s interfaith study into loyalty will come up with a set of conclusions that are agreeable to its participants. Its value to the rest of us will surely be limited, because of its apparent presupposition that an IMF actually exists and has an unquestioned demand on people’s loyalty.

    A much more challenging issue is when and how far we should place our trust and loyalty in secular institutions, which have a much greater influence on our day-to-day lives, and what we should do when that trust is betrayed, as it has been time and again by the Greased Piglet and his cronies. No doubt Mona’s friends will say we should put our trust in the Lord instead. I’m afraid that ship sailed long ago.

    And how do individual loyalties compete with institutional ones? The novelist EM Forster once wrote: “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country”. A much more interesting subject for discussion than what an IMF might or might not require of us.

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