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



Lontoon vuodet (1983-2000), TL:n muistoja, 10.10.2019

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



Immigration and the race to the bottom, Pandaemonium, 20 April 2021

By demonising asylum seekers, Denmark reflects a panic in social democracy, The Observer, 18 April 2021

Authenicity, identity and Luther, Pandaemonium, 18 April 2021

Is Luther not black enough if he doesn't eat jerk chicken? The Observer, 18 April 2021

Here's to social spaces, Pandaemonium, 13 April 2021

Full pubs are a sign of communities that work. Let's toast their return, The Observer, 11 April 2021

So, what's wromg with the Sewell report? Pandaemonium, 6 April 2021

Yes, we need a more nuanced debate about race. But this flawed report fails to deliver it, The Observer, 4 April 2021

To liove in a plural society, Pandaemonium, 30 March 2021

“Creativity is not fearing the unknown” by Nawal El Saadawi and Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 28 March 2021 (video)

To live in a diverse society means to live with debate. Bring it on, The Observer, 28 March 2021

Why the Shrewsbury 24 case is so relevant right now, The Observer, 28 March 2021

Racism, privilege and anti-Asian hostility, Pandaemonium, 23 March 2021

Myths of Asian privilege fuel a brutal and cartoonish bigotry, The Observer, 21 March 2021

Must we wave the flag at every little thing now, good or bad?, The Observer, 21 March 2021

Start the weel talking identity, Pandaemonium, 20 March 2021

Protests & policing after the pandemic, Pandaemonium, 16 March 2021

If you thought the right to protest was inalienable, then think again, The Observer, 14 March 2021

Unlevelling Down is the Tories' new vote-winner, The Observer, 14 March 2021

Translation and identity, Pandaemonium, 9 March 2021

Lost in translation: the dead end of dividing the world on identity lines, The Observer, 7 March 2021

The law is only unbending when we choose it to be, The Observer, 7 March 2021

Inequality and political divides, Pandaemonium, 3 March 2021

Britain has a moral and legal obligation to Shamima Begum, The Observer, 28 February 2021

The left/right divide still exists. But it's struggling to escape the lure of identity politics, The Observer, 28 February 2021

Democracy and the Rohingya Pandaemonium, 24 February 2021

Where were the protesters when the Rohingya were being murdered?, The Observer, 21 February 2021

The woke and the unwoke, Pandaemonium, 16 February 2021

Plucked from the web #79, Pandaemonium, 15 February 2021

Irrational markets and corporate power, Pandaemonium, 3 February 2021

The noble savages of the working class, Pandaemonium, 26 January 2021

Coronavirus vaccines offer the world hope – unless you live in Africa, The Observer, 24 January 2021

Age-old notions of the noble savage haunt views of working-class life, The Observer, 24 January 2021

Free speech, big tech and broken politics' Pandaemonium, 19 January 2021

In Britain and abroad, it's easy to scapegoat poor migrants, The Observer, 17 January 2021

Control Facebook and mend broken societies... If only it were that simple, The Observer, 17 January 2021

Less about money than about priorities, Pandaemonium, 12 January 2021

Lives are falling apart. Enough talk about inequality, it's now time to act, The Observer, 10 January 2021

Do footballers really deserve to jump the queue for the vaccine? The Observer, 10 January 2021

The Red Wall traps ro avoid (and not to avoid), Pandaemonium, 5 January 2021

Is the world waking up to collective action's possibilities? The Observer, 3 January 2021

It's too easy to lapse into stereotypes when we talk about ‘red wall' seats, The Observer, 3 January 2021

Songs of despair and hope, Pandaemonium, 1 January 2021

Cynicims, trust and a broken public sphere, Pandaemonium, 29 December 2020

A year of Pandaemonium, 27 December 2020

We want to trust in each other. But it'd be easier if we weren't so isolated, The Observer, 27 December 2020

Inequality, class and the culture wars, Pandaemonium, 22 December 2020

The Tory ‘class agenda' is a culture war stunt that will leave inequality untouched, The Observer, 20 December 2020

Blues & roots & jazz bassists, Pandaemonium, 20 December 2020 (videos)

Respect and tolerance, people and ideas, Pandaemonium, 15 December 2020

The Grenfell inquiry exposes market forces at their deadliest, The Observer, 13 December 2020

Ideas can be tolerated without being respected. The distinction is key, The Observer, 13 December 2020

Plucked from the web #78, Pandaemonium, 12 December 2020

Leveraging cruelty as a social good, Pandaemonium, 8 December 2020

Our leaders can't preach respect and treat the vulnerable with contempt, The Observer, 6 December 2020

From the land of no cinemas, a film worth watching in one, The Observer, 6 December 2020

Natural pathogens and a social affliction, Pandaemonium, 1 December 2020

There's a social pathogen stalking the world that's as deadly as Covid-19, The Observer, 29 November 2020

Maradona, Muhammad Ali and me, Pandaemonium, 29 November 2020

It was Maradona's defiance that most inspired me, The Observer, 29 November 2020

A picture of how power works. Pandaemonium, 24 November 2020

Joe Biden's begging bowl demeans the world's most powerful post, The Observer, 22 November 2020

From Grenfell to PPE, absolute power still corrupts in high places, The Observer, 22 November 2020

Vaccines, hesitancy and trust, Pandaemonium, 17 November 2020

Vaccination hesitancy is about lack of trust- Compulsion is not the answer, The Observer, 15 November 2020

A Chicago story with lessons for libraries everywhere, The Observer, 15 November 2020

Terror, hypocrisy and illiberalism, Pandaemonium, 11 November 2020

Pluckes from the web #77, Pandaemonium, 8 November 2020

Fanatics have no right to censor critics. But neither does Emmanuel Macron, The Observer, 8 November 2020

Look to Poland for a lesson in how popular protest works, The Observer, 8 November 2020

The Putney debates and neglected history, Pandaemonium, 3 November 2020

Compassion, not ‘deterrence', should inform Britain's asylum policy, The Observer, 1 November 2020

It's true, we ignore parts of our history – and not just about our colonial past, The Observer, 1 November 2020

Making empire ethical, Pandaemonium, 31 October 2020

What football tells us about globalisation, Pandaemonium, 27 October 2020

Why can't questions be asked of Facebook's ads? The Observer, 25 October 2020

Money fosters the cosmopolitan joy of our football but also its soullessnes, The Observer, 25 October 2020

On being white and on being working class Pandaemonium, 20 October 2020

Being white won't hold boys back. Being working class just might, The Observer, 18 October 2020

To defend the freedom to offend, Pandaemonium, 17 October 2020

From Peterloo to the Mangrove Nine, Pandaemonium, 13 October 2020

Mangrove isn't simply a ‘black story', but central to our country's history, The Observer, 11 October 2020

On immigration, the public is far more liberal than UK government, The Observer, 11 October 2020

Debating the past, contesting the present, Pandaemonium, 11 October 2020

Welcome to flatland, Pandaemonium, 6 October 2020

Welcome to Flatland, where shallow appeal ousts substance and reason, The Observer, 4 October 2020

Memo to the Home Office: a little humanity goes a long way, The Observer, 4 October 2020

Retreating from liberties, Pandaemonium, 29 September 2020

Where is the voice of the left as 'libertarians' annex the Covid-19 debate?The Observer, 27 September 2020

Amy Coney Barrett should be judged on her ability, not her faith, The Observer, 27 September 2020

Plucked from the web #76, Pandaemonium, 27 September 2020

Worthy both of celebration and condemnation, Pandaemonium, 22 September 2020

David Hume was a complex man. Erasing his name is too simplistic a gesture, The Observer, 20 September 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy will survive the bitter battle over her successor, The Observer, 20 September 2020

We miss you, Jimi Hendrix. You were greater than 'God', The Observer, 20 September 2020

Turning inhumanity into policy, Pandaemonium, September 15 2020

Moria's only success has been to turn inhumanity into policy, The Observer, 13 September 2020

Salute Toots Hibbert – a reggae pioneer to rival Bob Marley, The Observer, 13 September 2020

When Monuments Fall, The New York Review of Books, 9 September 2020

Handing out sweeties in the comedy wars, Pandaemonium, September 8 2020

Our culture has lost its appetite for risk and making people feel uncomfortable, The Observer, 6 September 2020

Persuasion, not coercion, should be the goal of BLM and Extinction Rebellion, The Observer, 6 September 2020

Race, class and white privilege: A response, Pandaemonium, 30 August 2020

Fairness is a political judgment, not a thing itself, Pandaemonium, 25 August 2020

The cruel exams algorithm has laid bare the unfairness at the heart of our schools, The Observer, 23 August 2020

Plucked from the web #75, Pandaemonium, 23 August 2020

Migrant invasions and culture wars, Pandaemonium, 18 August 2020

Inventing a 'migrant invasion' is part of a toxic rhetorical ploy, The Observer, 16 August 2020

Can we have a conversation about Kamala Harris's ideas? The Observer, 16 August 2020

From racism to white privilege, Pandaemonium, 15 August 2020

Hiroshima and the morality of victors, Pandaemonium, 11 August 2020

Don't let the victors define morality – Hiroshima was always indefensible, The Observer, 9 August 2020

Illuminating and obscuring -- a review of Pankaj Mishra’s Bland Fanatics, Pandaemonium, 8 August 2020

Blaming the poor, Pandaemonium, 4 August 2020

Illness, obesity, racism; who gets blamed for our crises? The poor of course, The Observer, 2 August 2020

Plucked from the nweb #74, Pandaemonium, 1 August 2020

Back to BAME, Pandaemonium, 28 July 2020

Pay tribute to Paulette Wilson by ending the UK's cruel immigration policies, The Observer, 26 July 2020

Don't call me BAME. We need a new political language, The Observer, 25 July 2020

Censorship and the voice of privilege. Pandaemonium, 21 July 2020

It's the powerless who suffer when free speech is threatened, The Observer, 19 July 2020

Britain can no longer shirk its responsibility for Shamima Begum, The Observer, 19 July 2020

From anti-racism to psychobabble, Pandaemonium, 14 July 2020

The rise of white identity politics, Prospect, 13 July 2020

Enough of the psychobabble. Racism is not something to fix with therapy, The Observer, 12 July 2020

Plucked from the web #74, Pandaemonium, 12 July 2020

Hagia Sophia is too complex for Erdogan's cleansing, The Observer, 12 July 2020

Politicians, voters and the values gap, Pandaemonium, 7 July 2020

What are politicians for if they can't change public opinion? The Observer, 5 July 2020

The need to transform the immigration mindset, Pandaemonium, 30 June 2020

That Clayton Barnes is still not a citizen shows the ongoing cruelty of ‘hostile environment', The Observer, 28 June 2020

The Epic of American Civilization, Pandaemonium, 27 June 2020

Plucked from the web #73, Pandaemonium, 21 June 2020

Culture wars risk blinding us to just how liberal we've become in the past decades, The Observer, 21 June 2020

Racism is a problem, white people are not, Pandaemonium, 16 June 2020

'White privilege' is a distraction, leaving racism and power untouched, The Observer, 14 June 2020

Identity politics: The interview, Pandaemonium, 13 June 2020 (video)

A human necessity not a profit-making machibe, Pandaemonium, 9 June 2020

If drug firms take public funds they must make their finds available to all, The Observer, 7 June 2020

Publish and debate, NYT, but don't be in denial, The Observer, 7 June 2020

Laundering state action, politicising fact checking, Pandaemonium, 2 June 2020

In a polarised world, even checking facts on Twitter becomes politicised, The Observer, 31 May 2020

Boris Johnson is a picture of ignorance on immigration, The Observer, 31 May 2020

The ignorance and the cruelty, Pandaemonium, 30 May 2020

Viktor Frankl's search for meaning, Pandaemonium, 26 May 2020

Plucked from the web #72, Pandaemonium, 24 May 2020

What the lessons from Auschwitz teach us about the choices we make, The Observer, 24 May 2020

Artificial intelligence and human judgment, Pandaemonium, 19 May 2020

For all its sophistication, AI isn't fit to make life-or-death decisions, The Observer, 16 May 2020

The privilege of romanticising nature, Pandaemonium, 12 May 2020

Let's stop romanticising nature. So much of our life depends on defying it, The Observer, 10 May 2020

Plucked from the web #71, Pandaemonium, 9 May 2020

Fascism has never thrived in Britain but it haunts its mainstream politics, The Observer, 3 May 2020

Let's not put working-class writers in a limiting ghetto, The Observer, 3 May 2020

The globalization of clinical trials, Pandaemonium, 28 April 2020

Heroism and the quality of being human, Pandaemonium, 26 April 2020

We're desperate for a coronavirus cure, but at what cost to the human guinea pigs? The Observer, 26 April 2020

Heroism is the most human of qualities, The Observer, 26 April 2020

The most important of the least important things, Pandaemonium, 21 April 2020

It's not just the spectacle we crave. Sport also offers identity, pride, hope, The Observer, 19 April 2020

The history and politics of white identity, Pandaemonium, 18 April 2020 (video)

Policing the new normal, Pandaemonium, 14 April 2020

Yes, expect more surveillance during a crisis, but beware it once the danger has passed, The Observer, 12 April 2020

Plucked from the web #70, Pandaemonium, 11 April 2020

A virus does not discriminate but societies do, Pandaemonium, 7 April 2020

Whether in the UK or the developing world, we're not all in coronavirus together, The Observer, 5 April 2020

Our basic decency is clear. But a good society needs more than decency, The Observer, 29 March 2020

We're making a right mess of our right to free expression, The Observer, 29 March 2020

Why does itn requirena pandemic for... Pandaemonium, 24 March 2020

Coronavirus exposes society's fragility. Let's find solutions that endure once it's over, The Observer, 22 March 2020

Plucked from the web #69, Pandaemonium, 21 March 2020

Minding the metaphors, Pandaemonium, 17 March 2020

Will we finally discover the truth about Lockerbie?, The Observer, 15 March 2020

Like a moth to a flame, we're drawn to metaphors to explain ourselves, The Observer, 15 March 2020

A decade of light infusion, Pandaemonium, 14 March 2020 (photography)

What we mean when we ask, 'but what else can we do?', Pandaemonium, 10 March 2020

Detention, torture and killing … how the EU outsourced migration policy, The Observer, 8 March 2020

Censoring ‘dangerous' ideas is itself dangerous, The Observer, 8 March 2020

The real McCoys, Pandaemonium, 7 March 2020 (music videos)

This was not a riot, Pandaemonium, 2 March 2020

The violence in Delhi is not a ‘riot’. It is targeted anti-Muslim brutality, The Observer, 1 March 2020

Listen with Mantel... you won't be disappointed, The Observer, 1 March 2020

Plucled from the web #68, Pandaemonium, 29 February 2020

Far-right terror and mainstream politics, Pandaemonium, 24 February 2020

Beware the politics of identity. They help legitimise the toxic far right, The Observer, 23 February 2020

Charity clearly doesn’t begin at home for Jeff Bezos, The Observer, 23 February 2020

When citizens are not all made equal, Pandaemonium, 17 February 2020

Deportations to Jamaica, the Shamima Begum case and Windrush betray a woeful regard for the notion of citizenship, The Observer, 16 February 2020

Science is ever evolving, just like the human race, The Observer, 16 February 2020

American dirt, identity and imagination, Pandaemonium, 10 February 2020

Britain has a moral duty to bring back Shamima Begum, The Observer, 9 February 2020

American Dirt may be bad fiction, but its author wasn't wrong to write it, The Observer, 9 February 2020

Pandemics threaten more than our health, Pandaemonium, 3 February 2020

Bonnie Greer and Laurence Fox’s chat over coffee is what used to pass for normal conduct, The Observer, 2 February 2020

Locked-down Wuhan will be a breeding ground for fear and stigma, The Observer, 2 February 2020

Sunderland to London: The geography of social division, Pandaemonium, 27 January 2020

No history, no languages… the end of humanities only deepens divides, The Observer, 26 January 2020

Depriving poor nations of drugs is a dangerous false economy, The Observer, 26 January 2020

Plucled from the web #66, Pandaemonium, 25 Jsnuary 2020

The uncomfortable truths about Roger Scruton’s conservatism, The Observer, 18 January 2020

Indian lessons for global struggles, Pandaemonium, 14 January 2020

Left and right should learn to take a joke, not censor them, The Observer, 12 January 2020

It's tempting to see India as a place apart. But it offers lessons for us all, The Observer, 11 January 2020

20 books for 2020, Pandaemonium, 11 January 2020

Whiteness, class and the white working class, Pandaemonium, 6 January 2020


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