12 March 2009
On 14 January 1989, 1,000 Muslim protesters marched through the centre of Bradford, parading a copy of Salman Rushdie’s...
Man and beast. One of our most cherished beliefs is that we are fundamentally different from animals. But modern scientists are increasingly questioning the concept of human exceptionalism. Can we still be certain about what it is that makes us human?
05 April 2004
There is an episode of Star Trek in which Data, the android who would be human, disobeys orders and puts at risk the...
Return of the history man. What will it mean to be human in the new genetic future? Kenan Malik takes issue with the messianic pessimism of one of the world's great controversialists
20 May 2002
Capitalism, Francis Fukuyama announced more than a decade ago, is the promised land at the end of history. The collapse...
The death of ideas. The transformation of the intellectual from dangerous outsider to safe expert is a sign of our sceptical age, argues Kenan Malik
22 April 2002
Traditionally, there have been two contrasting views of intellectuals. One is the romantic picture of the intellectual...
The closing of the mind. The American civil war was about more than the preservation of the Union. It was a battle of ideas. By Kenan Malik
22 October 2001
"Humanity is perfectible, and it moves incessantly from less good to better, from ignorance to science, from barbarism...
08 October 2001
Civilisation is under threat, runs the mantra. The barbarians are not simply at the gate, but inside it, too -...
13 August 2001
''To be tolerant," Umberto Eco once wrote, "one must first set the boundaries of the intolerant." One of the ironies of...
Beyond a boundary. His writings on race, cricket and colonial rebellion turned C L R James into an icon of black radicalism. So why today is he so misunderstood? By Kenan Malik
30 July 2001
Novelist and orator, philosopher and cricketer, historian and revolutionary, Trotskyist and Pan-Africanist - there are...
Why the Victorians were colour blind. In the 19th century, race mattered far less than social distinction: a West African tribal chief was unquestionably superior to an East End costermonger. By Kenan Malik
07 May 2001
In October 1865, a local rebellion by peasantry in Jamaica was ferociously suppressed by the island's governor, Edward...
Food and Drink
Inventing allies in the sky. Stephen Jay Gould has written his most disappointing book, a wrong-headed attempt to equate religion with morality. By Kenan Malik
19 February 2001
Rocks of Ages: science and religion in the fullness of life Stephen Jay Gould Jonathan Cape, 241pp, £14.99 ISBN...
Food and Drink
A rumble in the jungle. A journalistic expose, which is unlikely to be published here because of our restrictive libel laws, has caused a sensation in the US with its allegations of genocide in the Amazon and academic subterfuge. Kenan Malik reads a deva
18 December 2000
There have been few scientific disciplines with a history as sordid, fractious and ideologically riven as anthropology...
18 September 2000
Next Saturday afternoon, in less time than it has taken me to type this sentence, the fastest man at the Olympics will...
Food and Drink
The gene genie. We used to think that our fate was in our stars. Now we are told that it is in our genes. Kenan Malik on the implications of the human genome project
03 July 2000
At the beginning of 1900, no biologist had conceived of the gene. Now, in 2000, the first draft of the human genome has...