21st Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

Can Diversity Embrace Democracy?


Dr. Kenan Malik


Dr. Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer, and broadcaster. After studying neurobiology at the University of Sussex and history and philosophy of science at Imperial College, London, he worked as a research psychologist at Sussex University’s Centre for Research into Perception and Cognition. For the past 20 years, he has combined academic research with popular writing and broadcasting. His main areas of interest are the history of ideas, history and philosophy of science, history and philosophy of religion, political and moral philosophy, and the history and sociology of race and immigration.

A new, updated edition of his book From Fatwa to Jihad was published this year, which tells the story of ‘How the world changed from The Satanic Verses to Charlie Hebdo’. From Fatwa to Jihad was shortlisted for the 2010 George Orwell Prize. Previous publications include Multiculturalism and its Discontents: Rethinking Diversity After 9/11 (2012) and Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate (2008), which was nominated for the 2009 Royal Society Science Book Prize. Malik is a columnist for the International New York Times, and has written for many newspapers and magazines in Europe, America, and Australia. He has made several radio and TV documentaries on scientific, moral, and political issues.