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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Mona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 21 Oct 2012

Academic and Commentator

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the academic & commentator, Mona Siddiqui.

Born in Karachi and brought up in Huddersfield, she's a rarity - a female Muslim theologian. As Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at Edinburgh University her analysis regularly sheds light on controversial issues affecting the Muslim faith. Her calm & reasoned standpoint can be heard regularly on the Today programme's Thought for the Day.

Brought up in a house stuffed full of books, her academic promise revealed itself early on and despite dallying with the idea of journalism as a career, she finally followed the path her mother wanted for her - academia.
She says, "I like to be in places where I feel my voice can be heard and I can say things of some value."

Choices

Nat King Cole

1.

Nat King Cole

L O V E

Performer: Nat King Cole

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Johann Strauss II

2.

Johann Strauss II

The Blue Danube

Composer: Johann Strauss II

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Jagjit Singh

3.

Jagjit Singh

Tum Ko Dekha

Performer: Jagjit Singh

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UB40

4.

Castaway's favourite

UB40

Red Red Wine

Performer: UB40

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata in A Major - Alla Turca

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Ghulam Farid Sabri & Magbool Ahmed Sabri

6.

Ghulam Farid Sabri & Magbool Ahmed Sabri

Bhar di Johli

Performer: Ghulam Farid Sabri & Magbool Ahmed Sabri

Itzhak Perlman

7.

Itzhak Perlman

Remembrances

Performer: Itzhak Perlman

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Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cello Suite Number 1 - Prelude in G Major

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Book

A top ten short story collection featuring Mansfield, Maugham, Chekhov and Hemingway by

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Religious text

Koran

Luxury item

Tea, milk and sugar

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