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


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

From the end of history to 2016, Pandaemonium, 29 December 2016

The problem is more than integration, Pandaemonium, 18 December 2016

All the Fake News That Was Fit to Print, The New York Times, 4 December 2016

Before Facebook was the coffee house, Pandaemonium, 1 December 2016

The faultlines of the imagination, Pandaemonium, 14 November 2016

How America got trumped, Pandaemonium, 10 November 2016

'I want my country back', Pandaemonium, 27 October 2016

In defence of fredom of movement, Pandaemonium, 24 October 2016

On the gramma schools debate, Pandaemonium, 20 October 2016

Talkng Satanic Verses, Pandaemonium, 13 October 2016 (video)

Why Britain Fails in Class, International New York Times, 30 September 2016

Coming soon..., Pandaemonium, 28 September 2016

Against the cultural turn, Pandaemonium, 22 September 2016

Who is appropriating what? Pandaemonium, 14 September 2016

Between rsge and terror, Pandaemonium, 7 September 2016

Echoes from the past: Democracy and Plato's Republic, Pandaemonium, 31 August 2016

Echoes from the past: Creating the underclass, Pandaemonium, 25 August 2016

God-fearing and qute magical, Pandaemonium, 21 August 2016

Echoes from the past: The racial view of class, Pandaemonium, 18 August 2016

Echoes from the past: Fear of the masses, Pandaemonium, 14 August 2016

These Days of Rage, International New York Times, 9 August 2016

And if my thought-dreams could be seen, Pandaemonium, 30 July 2016

On Brexit, borders, being offensive (but not being in a Holywood movie), Pandaemonium, 28 July 2016

Academic freedom and academic cowardice, Pandaemonium, 22 July 2016

Talking migration, brexit and hostility, Pandaemonium, 21 July 2016 (audio)

Embryo research and human bring, Pandaemonium, 6 July 2016

Britain, Europe and the real crisis, Pandaemonium, 29 June 2016

The revolt of the fragments, Pandaemonium, 25 June 2016

Beyond the Brexit debate, Pandaemonium, 21 June 2016

Rethinking Embryo Research Rules, International New York Times, 14 June 2016

The drama of the Rusian avant garde, Pandaemonium, 12 June 2016

'I dont't have to be what you want me to be', Pandaemonium, 5 June 2016

What does anti-Zionism mean today? , Pandaemonium, 2 June 2016

Anti-semitism and the left, Pandaemonium, 29 May 2016

Connectedness and disconnectedness, Pandaemonium, 25 May 2016

Warning: This may injure your modesty, Pandaemonium, 19 May 2016

Muslims are not a ‘different' class of Briton: we're as messy as the rest, The Observer, 15 May 2016

The view from North Africa, Pandaemonium, 11 May 2016

In the fortress of the pilgrims, Pandemonium, 8 May 2016

The British Left's ‘Jewish Problem', International New York Times, 3 May 2016

How should we live in a diverse society? Pandaemonium, 2 May 2016

Talking about radicalization, Pandaemonium, 20 April 2016

The bane of cultural appropriation, Al Jazeera, 14 April 2016

So, what do British Muslims really think? Pandaemonium, 12 April 2016

Why abortion should be decriminalized, Pandaemonium, 6 April 2016

The fourth wave of European jihadis, Pandaemonium, 3 April 2016

Counter-teror policy: The myths and the failures, Pandaemonium, 30 March 2016

After Brussels: Once again thinking through terror, Pandaemonium, 23 March 2016

The case for freedom where it is most fragile, Pandaemonium, 20 March 2016

Talking migration, Muslims and morality, Pandaemonium, 16 March 2016 (video and text)

The blindnes of EU migration Policy, Pandaemonium, 9 March 2016

Politics of disillusionment and the rise of Trump, Al Jazeera, 6 March 2016

Multiculturalism: The Finnish edition, Pandaemonium, 3 March 2016

Of angels and devils, of monsters and myths, Pandaemonium, 28 February 2016 (videos)

Why the Lahore literary festival? Pandaemonium, 18 February 2016

From the archives: My first article for The Independent, Pandaemonium, 14 February 2016

‘I knew I was witnessing a terrible evil’, Pandaemonium, 11 February 2016

Free speech and double standars by Duncan Pike, Pandaemonium, 4 February 2016

Democracy, morality and the migrant crisis, Pandaemonium, 1 February 2016

In the haunting light of Jaffna, Pandaemonium, 29 January 2016

On the Quest for a Moral Compass, Pandaemonium, 25 January 2016

Talking of free speech, Pandaemonium, 21 January 2016 (video and audio)

Bigotry, debate, censorship and the left, Pandaemonium, 17 January 2016

Recolonized by the past, Pandaemonium, 13 January 2016

Charlie Hebdo, one year on, Pandaemonium, 7 January 2016

A year of Pandaemonium, Pandaemonium, 1 January 2016

Best books of 2015, Pandaemonium, 29 December 2015

Talkoing God and godlessness, Pandaemonium, 25 December 2015 (video)

Do We Need a ‘Safe Space' from Donald Trump? International New York Times, 21 December 2015

Olivier Roy on European jihadis, Pandaemonium, 10 December 2015

Europe's Dangerous Multiculturalism, Foreign Affairs, 8 December 2015

Kurdish lessons for the fight against IS, Pandaemonium, 6 December 2015

After the vote, three questions, Pandaemonium, 3 December 2015

Migrants and Europe, East and West, Pandaemonium, 29 November 2015

What does science tell us about race? Pandaemonium, 25 November 2015

Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil? The Observer, 22 November 2015

Identity and diversity: Three interviews, Pandaemonium, 18 November 2015

After Paris, Pandaemonium, 15 November 2015

The struggle for cultural heritage, Pandaemonium, 11 November 2015

Can social cohesion be imposed? Pandaemonium, 7 November 2015

Is Eastern Europe Really More Racist Than the West? International New York Times, 3 November 2015

The stench of a rotten deal, Pandaemonium, 28 October 2015

The EU's stinking refugee deal with Turkey, Al Jazeera, 27 October 2015

Detroit, Diego Rivera and the worth of art, Pandaemonium, 25 October 2015

Extremism and the law, Pandaemonium, 21 October 2015

David Cameron and the centre ground, Pandaemonium, 11 October 2015

Radicalization is not so simple, Pandaemonium, 7 Ocober 2015

Introducing Jesus and Mo, Pandaemonium, 30 September 2015

On fences and fractures, Pandaemonium, 26 September 2015

South Africa and the erosion of hope, Pandaemonium, 23 September 2015

The politics of disenchantment, Pandaemonium, 22 September 2015

A refugee crisis– and crisis of response, Pandaemonium, 15 September 2015

Leading the Labour Party - to do what? Pandaemonium, 9 September 2015

The broken rainbow: Thoughts on South Africa, Pandaemonium, 3 September 2015

Apartheid, then and now, Pandaemonium, 30 August 2015

From the archives: Ignatieff on Berlin, Pandaemonium, 28 August 2015

From the archives: Kaufmann on religion, Pandaemonium, 25 August 2015

hat Is Britain's Labour Party For? International New York Times, 21 August 2015

From the archives: Scruton on pessimism, Pandaemonium, 19 August 2015

Free speech in an age of identity politics, Pandaemonium, 13 August 2015

From the archives: Tony Blair's journey, Pandaemonium, 10 August 2015

In the wilderness about Charlie Hebdo, Pandaemonium, 8 August 2015

Tribalism and its consequences, Pandaemonium, 5 August 2015

History and the making of the individual, Pandaemonium, 27 July 2015

Iranian blues, Pandaemonium, 25 July 2015

Beyond the cliches about radicalisation, Pandaemonium, 22 July 2015

Evil and the Islamic State, Pandaemonium, 16 July 2015

Britain's Dangerous New Tribalism, International New York Times, 10 July 2015

As we approach the endgame, Pandaemonium, 9 July 2015

As if plucked from a fairy tale by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 5 July 2015

Wish I knew how it would feel to be free, Pandaemonium, 27 June 2015

Back to Bradford for an old debate, Pandaemonium, 21 June 2015

The Corrupt Rhetoric of the FIFA Scandal, International New York Times, 16 June 2015

As old orders crumble, progressive alternatives struggle to emerge, The Observer, 14 June 2015

Beauty is a rare thing, Pandaemonium. 12 June 2015

I believe in free speech but..., Pandaemonium, 3 June 2015 (video)

Am I wrong about hate speech bans? by Brian Carey and Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 31 May 2015

Thinking through hate speech, Pandaemonium, 28 May 2015

East, West and the Renaissance, Pandaemonium, 24 May 2015

On freedom and free will, Pandaemonium, 21 May 2015

The king may have gone, but the thrill remains, Pandaemonium, 17 May 2015

The price of fortress europe, Pandaemonium, 15 May 2015

A cathedral, a mosque, a clash of civilizations, Pandaemonium, 11 May 2015

Post-Election Britain: A Disunited Kingdom, International New York Times, 8 May 2015

Living in diversity, Pandaemonium, 4 May 2015

Wrong about free speech – again by Kenan Malik, Jo Glanville and Leigh Phillips, Pandaemonium, 29 April 2015

Marx and morality, Pandaemonium, 26 April 2015

Migrants Face Fortress Europe's Deadly Moat, International New York Times, 21 April 2015

History, morality and the clash civilizations, Pandaemonium, 19 April 2015

The age of adolescence, Pandaemonium, 17 April 2015

This not a post about free speech, Pandaemonium, 14 April 2015

The moral camera, Pandaemonium, 11 April 2015

Diversity and immigration are not the problem. Political courage is…, The Observer, 5 April 2015

To imagine, to hope, to transcend, to transform, Pandaemonium, 31 March 2015

On multitudes, Pandaemonium, 28 March 2015

On science, morality and being human, Pandaemonium, 25 March 2015

Top Gear' Hits Rock Bottom, International New York Times, 17 March 2015

What is wrong with playing God? Pandaemonium, 16 March 2015

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration (Part 6), Pandaemonium, 14 March 2015

I believe in free speech, but…, Pandaemonium, 11 March 2015

Five tales of good and evil, Pandaemonium, 5 March 2015

A search for identity draws jihadis to the horrors of Isis, The Observer, 1 March 2015

The Failure of Multiculturalism, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015

Be pragmatic, legitimise terror, Pandaemonium, 25 February 2015

The Three-Parent Baby's First Step, International New York Times, 22 February 2015

The failure of multiculturalism, Pandaemonium, 17 February 2015

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration (5), Pandaemonium, 15 February 2015

Britain and France, censorship and identity, Pandaemonium, 11 February 2015

The misadventures of the black square, Pandaemonium, 7 February 2015

United against abortion, Pandaemonium, 4 February 2015

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration (4), Pandaemonium, 1 February 2015

Radical Islam and the race against modernity, Pandaemonium, 28 January 2015

How a bunch of vicious chancers became men of wisdom by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 25 January 2015

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration (part 3), Pandaemonium, 18 January 2015

Don't Limit Speech in France, The New York Times, 16 January 2015

Assimilationism and multiculturalism, Pandaemonium, 12 January 2015

Je suis Charlie? it's a bit late, Pandaemonium, 8 January 2015

Radical Islam, Nihilist Rage, International New York Times, 3 January 2015

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration (Part 2), Pandaemonium, 3 January 2015


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