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



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

On stories and their ambiguities, Pandaemonium, 30 December 2019

From Milton to Pullman, the quest for truth is riddled with ambiguity, The Observer, 29 December 2019

A year of Pandaemonium, Pandaemonium, 28 December 2019

Social consrvatism and the working class, Pandaemonium, 23 December 2019

The idea that the British working class is socially conservative is a nonsense, The Observer, 22 December 2019

Too sceptical and not sceptical enough, Pandaemonium, 16 December 2019

The sick boy, the ‘punch': the local can still capture the national picture, The Observer, 15 December 2019

Inhumanity and redemption, Pandaemonium, 9 December 2019

Another week of violence that brings shame on all India, The Observer, 8 December 2019

Redemption defines a civilised society. We must not forsake the idea, The Observer, 7 December 2019

An outrage that dare not speak its name, Pandaemonium, 2 December 2019

With London Bridge, we have many facts but no answers, The Observer, 1 December 2019

When refugees in Libya are being starved, Europe's plan is working, The Observer, 30 November 2019

On the river in Dhaka, Pandaemonium, 30 November 2019 (photos)

Harold Bloom was right to extol great literature, but was often blind to who was neglected, The Observer, 20 October 2019

Our fears will be realised if we become afraid of technology, The Observer, 20 October 2019

To be transported somewhere transdendent,

Politics should be about getting things done – not creating drama, The Observer, 8 September 2019

Why western liberals have long picked the wrong historical hero, The Observer, 8 September 2019

Plucked from the web #62 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 7 September 2019

Does having children make you happy? Yes, if you let them, The Observer, 25 August 2019

Sure, defend Meghan Markle from racists, but let's not bow to the monarchy, The Observer, 24 August 2019

Wildness and human imagination, Pandaemonium, 19 August 2019

Inequality in the north of England is about far more than race, The Observer, 18 August 2019

Last week, I gazed on a truly wild land... and saw art reflected back, The Observer, 17 August 2019

The real undesirables are not on the streeta, Pandaemonium, 12 August 2019

The necessity of poetry, Pandaemonium, 10 August 2019

Twitter won't ruin the world. But constraining democracy would, The Observer, 28 July 2019

Bryan Magee, the man who loved to put big ideas on the small screen, The Observer, 28 July 2019

White i dentity and working class politics, Pandaemonium, 27 July 2019

Trump is a racist and Hunt a coward for refusing to say so, The Observer, 21 July 2019

When local councils use data tools to classify us, what price freedom? The Observer, 21 July 2019

A growing lack of trust in authority poses a serious danger to our health, The Observer, 23 June 2019

Libra cryptocurrency won’t set us free, it will further enslave us to Facebook, The Observer, 23 June 2019

Plucked from the web #59, Pandaemonium, 22 June 2019

New York Times cartoon ban leads to a world where we say nothing at all, The Observer, 16 June 2019

Are only certain kinds of people deemed worthy of our compassion? The Observer, 15 June 2019

Cartoons too dangerous, Pandaemonium, 15 June 2019

Forget culture wars. Class is still the defining force shaping British lives, The Observer, 2 June 2019

Democracy is the victim if the law starts to police politics, The Observer, 2 June 2019

Who has the ight to speak? by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 31 May 2019

Men don't have abortions. That's no reason not to fight for women's rights, The Observer, 26 May 2019

The $2m drug reveals medical research as a casino culture, The Observer, 26 May 2019

Plucked from the web #57, Pandaemonium, 25 May 2019

Can we escape surveillance culture? Pandaemonium, 20 May 2019

As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach? The Observer, 19 May 2019

The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics, The Observer, 19 May 2019

The beauty of the oud, Pandaemonium, 18 May 2019

Who needs poetry? We all do – and we need it now, The Observer, 12 May 2019

We on provocation. But are we too quick to punish those who stray? The Observer, 12 May 2019

Big pharma can only see the benefit of R&D for wealthy markets, The Observer, 5 May 2019

Caster Semenya is a victim of rules that are confusing and unfair, The Observer, 5 May 2019

From David Lammy to Roger Scruton, we rush to damn our opponents, The Observer, 21 April 2019

The revival of pigs' brains inspires hopes – and fears, The Observer, 21 April 2019

A points-based system doesn't end naked prejudice against migrants, The Observer, 14 April 2019

Who polices the cultural appropriation gatekeepers? The Observer, 14 April 2019

We can cry for Alan Kurdi, but living migrants get no pity, The Observer, 7 April 2019

If identity politics is a force for good, how does white nationalism fit in? The Observer, 7 April 2019

Stop looking for the ‘Gotcha!' moment in public debate, The Observer, 31 March 2019

Europe's efforts to curb the internet giants only make them stronger, The Observer, 31 March 2019

Plucked from the web #55, Pandaemonium, 30 March 2019

Anti-Muslim bigotry and far-right terror, Pandaemonium, 25 March 2019

Silencing Islamophobes is as futile a response as banning the Qur'an, The Observer, 24 March 2019

Remembering the Holocaust in Berlin, Pandaemonium, 22 March 2019

The failing Grayling model for Britain, Pandaemonium, 18 March 2019

Do not let raw anger cloud our judgment after Christchurch, The Observer, 17 March 2019

The history and politics of white identity, Pandaemonium, 16 March 2019

On the right to have rights, Pandaemonium, 11 March 2019

Human rights mean nothing unless we defend real, threatened people, The Observer, 10 March 2019

There is never a reason for bigotry at the school gates, The Observer, 10 March 2019

Plucked from the web #54, Pandaemonium, 9 March 2019

Rushdie's monsters, Pandaemonium, 4 March 2019

The Satanic Verses is still creating monsters, even new book-burners, The Observer, 2 March 2019

Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, Pandaemonium, 25 February 2019

Antisemites use the language of anti-Zionism. The two are distinct, The Observer, 24 February 2019

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


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