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Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer, broadcaster, anda radio presenter in the U.K.  He has also written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries including Disunited Kingdom, Are Muslims Hated? Islam, Mullahs and the Media, Skullduggery and Man, Beast and Politics. His writings are at . Follow him on twitter on


He studied neurobiology (at the University of Sussex) and history and philosophy of science (at Imperial College, London). 

His books include “From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy” (Atlantic, 2009), “Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate” (Oneworld, 2008), “Man, Beast and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us About Human Nature” (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000) and “The Meaning of Race: Race, History and Culture in Western Society” (Palgrave, 1996). From Fatwa to Jihad was shortlisted for the 2010 Orwell Prize while Strange Fruit was on the 2009 Royal Society Science Book Prize longlist. I am currently writing a history of moral thought to be published in 2012.

Malik has lectured at a number of universities in Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA. His main areas of academic interest are the history of ideas, the history and philosophy of science, the history and philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind, theories of human nature, moral and political philosophy, and the history and sociology of race and immigration.

In the 1980s he was involved with various far left organsiations and antiracist campaigns including the Newham 7 campaign, the Colin Roach campaign and East London Workers Against Racism. He has written of how the Salman Rushdie affair helped transform his relationship with the left; the Rushdie affair gave early notice of the abandonment by many sections of the left of their traditional attachment to ideas of Enlightenment rationalism and secular universalism and their growing espousal of multiculturalism, identity politics and notions of cultural authenticity. As a result, much of his political campaigning over the past decade has been in defence of free speech, secularism and scientific rationalism.


Out of Bounds, If we invite the state to define the boundaries of acceptable speech, we cannot complain if it is not just speech to which we object that gets curtailed


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