Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey. His main areas of interest are the history of ideas; the history and philosophy of science; philosophy of the mind; theories of human nature; bioethics; political philosophy; and the politics of race, religion and identity.
He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books including The Meaning of Race (1996), Man, Beast and Zombie (2000) and the newly-published Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate (2008). His next book, From Fatwa to Jihad, an account of the Rushdie affair and its legacy, will be published in February 2009, on the twentieth anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa.
Kenan is a presenter of Analysis on BBC Radio 4, a panelist on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, and has written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries, including Disunited Kingdom, Are Muslims Hated? (which was shortlisted for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression award), Let ‘em all in and Britain’s Tribal Tensions.
He writes a column for the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende and has written for a wide range of other publications including The Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Handelsblatt, Aftenposten, The Australian, New Statesman, Prospect, TLS, THES, Nature and The Philosophers’ Magazine.