Abdul-Rehman Malik is London-based journalist and educator. Formerly a contributing editor at Q-News , a pioneering Muslim current affairs magazine, he is currently programmes manager for the Radical Middle Way, a community-led initiative that encourages critical civic participation and promotes public service, mercy and social justice amongst young British Muslims. He is currently managing RMW’s international work in Sudan, Indonesia and Pakistan.
A Canadian by birth, Abdul-Rehman was a columnist on religious affairs for one of Canada’s leading national dailies, The Toronto Star, from 1998 to 2003. An experienced educator and activist teaching history and dramatic arts, he began working as a freelance journalist attached to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2001 and his radio documentary entitled “Ramadan at Ground Zero” - a look at New York’s Muslim community in the aftermath of 9/11 - was nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award.
A long-time local and national community activist, he was founding chair of the Ihya Foundation, a Toronto-based educational and advocacy initiative formalised after the 9/11 tragedy. Abdul-Rehman also served on the board of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. He holds a BA Hons in Political Theory and Middle East and Islamic history and B.Ed in Teaching History and Politics from the University of Toronto.
Abdul-Rehman came to London in 2003 and completed his MSc at the London School of Economics in Social Policy where his research looked at the role of Muslim Voluntary Sector organisations in the British social policy process. He has contributed regularly to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and has written for The Observer, The Times of London, openDemocracy.net, Eurozine, Lettre Internationale (Denmark), Kulturaustauch (Germany), Index on Censorship, The Guardian’s Comment is Free and Green Futures as well as fixing, contributing analysis, comment and research to the BBC, Sky News, RTE, The New York Times and other global media organisations. Abdul-Rehman was the associate producer on “A War Within” a feature CNN documentary on Britain’s Muslim communities which was broadcast in early 2007. Abdul-Rehman also reviews film, books and culture for the BBC World Service’s “The Strand” and is a regular panelist on the “Weekend World Today” show. His “Pause for Thought” radio column is currently airing weekly on BBC Radio 2’s weekday morning programme.
Abdul-Rehman continues to work with young people in exploring Muslim identity through drama and theatre with the London-based An Nisa Society and recently headlined a national Muslim youth conference in Canada as part of the MY Canada initiative, a two-year civic engagement project based in Toronto. He is also a speaker on faith issues at the progressive Greenbelt Festival, the UK’s largest independent and progressive Christian festival.
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