Kenan Malik


Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey. He is a presenter of Analysis, BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme and a panelist on the Moral Maze. His books include The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics (2014), From Fatwa to Jihad (2009), Strange Fruit (2008), Man, Beast and Zombie (2000), and The Meaning of Race (1996).

Malik was born in India, brought up in Manchester and now lives in London. He studied neurobiology (at the University of Sussex) and history and philosophy of science (at Imperial College, London). He was for a number of years a research psychologist at the Centre for Research into Perception and Cognition (CRPC) at the University of Sussex, working on problems of the mental representation of spatial relations. For the past decade, he has been an independent writer, lecturer, researcher and broadcaster., Pandaemonium



Maahanmuutto ja ihmisten etninen karsinoiminen, 29.1.2014

Kenan Malik, Strange fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate. Oneworld 2008.

Celebrating diversity or equality? by Marek Kohn, Eagle Street, June 1997

Diane Abbott draws Finns into British race debate, Eagle Street, March 1997

Shamima Begum and moral responsibility, Pandaemonium, 18 February 2019

The possibility of redemption is central to a humane society, The Observer, 17 February 2019

From book to fatwa, Pandaemonium, 12 February 2019

Doing violence to our rights, Pandaemonuim, 11 February 2019

Think you are British? Not if the Home Office says you’re not, The Observer, 11 February 2019

Plucked from the web #53 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 9 February 2019

Since when was it a police job to impose sanctions on drill musicians? The Observer, 9 February 2019

The corrosiveness of bullshit, Pandaemonuim, 4 February 2019

Bullshit, not lies, is the corrosive influence blighting our public life, The Observer, 2 February 2019

When demography becomes politics, Pandaemonuim, 28 January 2019

Demography is not destiny. Politics should be about winning minds, The Observer, 27 January 2019

Plucked from the web #52, Pandaemonuim, 26 January 2019

The art of condescension, Pandaemonium, 21 January 2019

Here’s me and the Mona Lisa. Who says that art and selfies can’t mix? The Observer, 19 January 2019

Socially polarised, politically paralysed, Pandaemonium, 14 January 2019

A divided Britain is not new. So why do today's schisms seem intractable? The Observer, 13 January 2019

Plucked from the web #51, Pandaemonium, 11 January 2019

Thw politics of the space race, Pandaemonium, 7 January 2019

Power politics always drives space conquest. China’s coup is no different, The Observer, 6 January 2019

A Bookish dozen for the New Year by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 4 January 2019

Posh may be passé but contempt is not, Pandaemonium, 31 December 2018

Posh is so passé – today's elite prefers the myth of the meritocracy, The Observer, 30 December 2018

Open a cookery book to find the recipe for how cultures blend, The Observer, 30 December 2018

A year of Pandaemonium 2018, 29 December 2018

The incoherence of immigration policy, Pandaemonium, 24 December 2018

The new immigration proposals are economic and political nonsense, The Observer, 23 December 2018

The EU and the Italian job, Pandaemonium, 17 December 2018

Europe’s merciless treatment of Italy only hardens popular resentment, The Observer, 16 December 2018

We could all do with being a little less sure of ourselves, The Observer, 16 December 2018

Plucked from the web #50, Pandaemonium, 14 December 2018

A fear of cultural loss is fuelling anger with elites across Europe, The Observer, 9 December 2018

EU obsession with migration is shameful, racist and fatal, The Observer, 9 December 2018

Where does this bully get his ideas from? Pandaemonium, 3 December 2018

Don't dismiss gene editing on account of one rogue case, The Observer, 2 December 2018

I know all about being bullied by racists. That's the Britain I grew up in, The Observer, 1 December 2018

On the ethics of CRISPR, Pandaemonium, 30 November 2018

Disagreement is not hatred, Pandaemonium, 26 November 2018

Debate ends when we label views we simply disagree with as ‘hatred’, The Observer, 25 November 2018

The war on terror continues and still no one counts the costs, The Observer, 25 November 2018

Plicked from the web #49, Pandaemonium, 23 November 2018

Crowned with no false patriotic wreath, Pandaemonium, 19 November 2018

Patriotism is meaningless if it doesn't embrace acts of defiance, The Observer, 18 November 2018

Stand up and be counted if you want to start a debate, The Observer, 18 November 2018

Madness, madness, they call it gladness, Pandaemonium, 16 November 2018

Terrible crimes and tawdry debates, Pandaemonium, 12 November 2018

We’re told 84% of grooming gangs are Asian. But where’s the evidence, The Observer, 11 November 2018

Plucked from the web #48, Pandaemonium, 9 November 2018

Blood, soil and citizenship, Pandaemonium, 5 November 2018

Myths about shared culture have no place in the citizenship debate, The Observer, 4 November 2018

Blasphemy, religious and secular, Pandaemonium, 29 October 2018

None of us should enjoy the right to have our beliefs shielded from abuse, The Observer, 28 October 2018

A little message from Twitter, Pandaemonium, 26 October 2018

White identity is meaningless. Real dignity is found in shared hopes, The Observer, 21 October 2018

Turkey should look to its own brutal treatment of journalists, The Observer, 21 October 2018

Plucked from the web #47, Pandaemonium, 19 October 2018

Call yourself a ‘moderate'? You're just avoiding the need to make your case, The Observer, 14 October 2018

What's wrong with AI? Try asking a human being, The Observer, 14 October 2018

Politicians must shape public opinion, not follow it, The Observer, 7 October 2018

As global poverty declines, we should beware the new class wars, The Observer, 6 October 2018

Otis Rush and Chicago blues, Pandaemonium, 5 October 2018

Housing ban on asylum seekers gives the far right a veto on where they live, The Observer, 30 September 2018

The Satanic Verses sowed the seeds of rifts that have grown ever wider, The Observer, 29 September 2018

Plucked from the web #46, Pandaemonium, 28 September 2018

Racial equality once meant tearing down barriers, not doing a DNA test, The Observer, 23 September 2018

Women, not politicians, should control their bodies, The Observer, 23 September 2018

A censorship less visible, Pandaemonium, 22 September 2018

Free speech, culture and identity: A German interview, Pandaemonium, 14 September 2018

Sweden’s shift to the right has been decades in the making, The Observer, 9 September 2018

Condemning all debate with Bannon amounts to giving up on politics, The Observer, 9 September 2018

Plucked from the web by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 7 September 2018

If we want to build trust in society, a new treason law is no way to do it, The Observer, 29 July 2018

Plucked from the web #43, Pandaemonium, 27 July 2018

Hope and fear in a world of uncertainty,

Unions are too vital to democracy to be allowed to gentrify and die, The Observer, 3 June 2018

Roseanne Barr's tweet inspired intolerance on both sides, The Observer, 3 June 2018

opular anger and the repackaging of power, Pandaemonium, 28 May 2018

ore than one way of being reactionary, Pandaemonium, 14 May 2018

Are rightwing black people traitors to the cause? Of course they're not, The Observer, 13 May 2018

Our new working class needs help with new struggles, The Observer, 13 May 2018

he muddle over the ‘gay cake', Pandaemonium, 7 May 2018

The Lords has no place in a genuine democracy, The Observer, 6 May 2018

The ‘gay cake' fight: why the bakers had a right to refuse this order, The Observer, 6 May 2018

orality, the law and the death of a child, Pandaemonium, 30 April 2018

Plucked from the web #37, Pandaemonium, 27 April 2018

Elite racism and the working class as alibi, Pandaemonium, 23 April 2018

Elites still use the working class as an excuse for their own prejudices, The Guardian, 22 April 2018

Remembering the death of Joy Gardner, Pandaemonium, 20 April 2018

On the assassination of Katie Hopkins, Pandaemonium, 15 April 2018

A different American language, Pandaemonium, 13 April 2018

The lost legacies of Malcolm and Martin, Pandaemonium, 9 April 2018

Plucked from the web #36, Pandaemonium, 6 April 2018

Yes, we've lost our faith in God, but we've lost our faith in reason too, The Observer, 1 April 2018

The meaning of heritage in an age of identity, Pandaemonium, 30 March 2018

Should offence be banned? or hate? Pandaemonium, 25 March 2018

Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard, The Guardian, 18 March 2018

What is education for? Pandaemonium, 18 March 2018

Plucked from the web #35, Pandaemonium, 15 March 2018

The working class, immigration & the left, Pandaemonium, 11 March 2018

Ethics and sport have long been strangers to one another, The Guardian, 11 March 2018

Thinking allowed on the white working class, Pandaemonium, 2 March 2018 (audio)

The need for an intelligent debate about artificial intelligence, Pandaemonium, 24 February 2018

Plucked from the web #34, Pandaemonium, 23 February 2018

Cinematic fantasies and political fairy tales, Pandaemonium, 18 February 2018

Trump Wants British Libel Laws. America Does Not, The New York Times, 13 February 2018

Fake news and the gatekeepers of truth, Pandaemonium, 11 February 2018

100 days behind bars, Pandaemonium, 9 February 2018

Immigration and cultural loss, Pandaemonium, 4 February 2018

That working-class lives are more fraught is not down to immigration, The Guardian, 4 February 2018

Plucked from the web #33 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 2 February 2018

On justice and vengeamce, Pandaemonium, 28 January 2018

Why Brexit has made us more relaxed about immigration, The Guardian, 28 January 2018

The great British Empire debate, Pandaemonium, 26 January 2018

Red scares and millenial rage, Pandaemonium, 22 January 2018

The love felt for Cyrille Regis as the bigots stood beside me, The Guardian, 21 January 2018

Letter from Osman Kavala, Pandaemonium, 18 January 2018

Plucked from the web #32, Pandaemonium, 14 January 2018

Back to school on race and class, Pandaemonium, 7 January 2018

Plucked from the web #31, Pandaemonium, 28 December 2017

Too polarised or not enough? Pandaemonoum, 24 December 2017

What to Get Theresa May for Christmas, The New York Times, 20 December 2017

The Truth about ‘Cultural Appropriation', Art Review, December 2017

Plucked from the wer #30, Pandaemonium, 10 December 2017

The art & politics of cultural appropriation, Pandaemonium, 8 December 2017

Less a debate than political trolling, Pandaemonium, 3 December 2017

In search of the common good, Pandaemonium, 23 November 2017

Plucked from the web #29, Pandaemonium, 19 November 2017

The human lens of Mel Rosenthal, Pandaemonium, 12 November 2017

In Spain, democracy and law are being reduced to hollow shells, The Observer, 5 November 2017

What is right? What is left? by Kenan Malik and others, Pandaemonium, 2 November 2017 (video)

Plucked from the web #28, Pandaemonium, 29 Otober 2017

In support of Osman Kavala, Pandaemonium, 26 October 2017

From The Satanic Verses to Charlie Hebdo, Pandaemonium, 19 October 2017

The piano ain't got no wrong notes, Pandaemonium, 15 October 2017 (text and videos)

Plucked from the web #27, Pandaemonium, 12 October 2017

Light and grace in Istanbul, Pandaemonium, 8 October 2017

Populism and immigration, Pandaemonium, 5 October 2017

Silence, romanticism and the debate on indigenous rights, Pandaemonium, 2 October 2017

Plucked from the web #26, Pandaemonium, 28 September 2017

The moral tightrope, Pandaemonium, 24 September 2017

Appropriating confusion, Pandaemonium, 20 September 2017

In a society too short of common goals, identity politics are an imperfect answer by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 17 September 2017

Plucked from the web #25, Pandaemonium, 14 September 2017

The New Voice of Indigenous Australia, The New York Times, 11 September 2017

Fostering row exposes how words fail us when we talk about Muslims in Britain, The Observer, 3 September 2017

Plucked from the web #24, Pandaemonium, 31 August 2017

Plucked from the web #23, Pandaemonium, 20 August 2017

On morality and its history, Pandaemonium, 10 August 2017

Death and moral confusion, Pandaemonium, 6 August 2017

The beauty in the bleakness, Pandaemonium, 30 July 2017

Plucked from the web #22, Pandaemonium, 27 July 2017

Not all politics is identity politics, Pandaemonium, 23 July 2917

Charlie Gard and our moral confusions, Pandaemonium, 20 July 2917

Sartre on Giacometti, Pandaemonium, 16 July 2917

Plucked from the web #21, Pandaemonium, 13 July 2017

Cultural appropriation and secular blasphemy, Pandaemonium, 9 July 2017

Gilroy and Reed on race, class & culture, Pandaemonium, 6 July 2917

How culture came to approåriate race, Pandaemonium, 2 July 2017

Plucked from the web #20, Pandaemonium, 25 June 2017

For common values, against patriotism, Pandaemonium, 21 June 2017

The Luminous art of Khadija Saye, Pandaemonium, 18 June 2017

In Defense of Cultural Appropriation, The New York Times, 14 June 2017

The making of the Muslim world, Pandaemonium, 12 June 2017

Post-election, new questions, Pandaemonium, 9 June 2017

On those ‘difficult conversations', Pandaemonium, 5 June 2017

Plucked from the web #19, Pandaemonium, 1 June 2017

From left radicalism to radical Islamism, Pandaemonium, 28 May 2017

The Jihadi State of Mind, The New York Times, 24 May 2017

Rigged labour market, skewed public debate, Pandaemonium, 21 May 2017

A world with too little empathy– or too much? Pandaemonium, 18 May 2017

Plucked from the web #18, Pandaemonium, 14 May 2017

The challenge of the jihadi frame of mind, Pandaemonium, 11 May 2017

Derek Walcott inside the ruins, Pandaemonium, 4 May 2017

The changing face of Harlem, Pandaemonium, 30 April 2017

Plucked from he web  #17, Pandaemonium, 27 April 2017

Never say this is the final road for you, Pandaemonium, 23 April 2017

The Foregone Conclusion of Britain's Election, The New York Times, 19 April 2017

The epic of American Civilization, Pandaemonium, 16 April 2017

Free speech and unsafe spaces, Pandaemonium, 10 April 2017

Ideological violence and sociopathic rage, Pandaemonium, 26 March 2017

Thou shalt not give offence, Pandaemonium, 23 March 2017

The void where an opposition should be, Pandaemonium, 15 March 2017

It's not me, it's the monster, Pandaemonium, 8 March 2017

Grasping diversity, embracing democracy, Pandaemonium, 5 March 2017

Britain’s Absent Opposition, The New York Times, 24 February 2017

A litlde alternative reading, Pandaemonium, 23 February 2017

Decolonizing our minds? Pandaemonium, 19 February 2017

Revolutionary art, but a mess of a show, Pandaemonium, 16 February 2017

Why update From Fatwa to Jihad? Pandaemonium, 9 February 2017

Not post-truth as too many 'truths', Pandaemonium, 5 February 2017

Let America be America again, Pandaemonium, 19 January 2017 (poems)

In Tristram Hunt's future fiefdom, Pandaemonium, 15 January 2017

Fake news and worst solutions, Pandaemonium, 11 January 2017

A crisis of democracy or of liberalism? Pandaemonium, 4 January 2017

A year of Pandaemonium, Pandaemonium, 1 January 2017


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