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Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is a presenter of Analysis of BBC Radio 4, and a panelist on The Moral Maze. He has taught at universities in Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA, presented many TV documentaries and writes regularly for newspapers across the world including the New York Times, the Guardian, Göteborgs-Posten and the Australian. His books include Man, Beast and Zombie, Strange Fruit and From Fatwa to Jihad, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Orwell Prize.
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An absolute tour de force. I can imagine it replacing Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy on many a bookshelf - certainly mine.Tom Holland

This is intellectual history in the grand manner, in the tradition of Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, written with the same clarity, accessibility and narrative verve as the master himself... We are all in Kenan Malik's debt. This is a majestic and timely work.Jonathan Sacks
The Tablet

As a survey of philosophical thought, Kenan Malik's narrative is a terrific achievement. Ranging from Socrates to Richard Dawkins, from China to Haiti, from dry ethics to poetry, The Quest for a Moral Compass is a work of highly readable history much more than it is a philosophical treatise.
Independent on Sunday

This is an extraordinarily rewarding investigation of the most striking, and contested, aspect of our humanity... To read it is not only to be better informed but also to be more alert to the assumptions that have guided human beings in the past, and to our capacity for goodness and wickedness.Raymond Tallis

What I love about Kenan Malik's book is its unashamed, unabashed ambition: he wants to write the history of moral thought, not just in the Western tradition, but of all the traditions that make up the global argument about the direction that the human moral compass should point. The result is a tour de force of lucidity and narrative skill.Michael Ignatieff

The Quest for a Moral Compass is a remarkable achievement... While demonstrating genuine command of the subtleties of the hundreds of topics covered, he consistently chooses the accessible, the concise, the precise, and the broad-ranging over the technical, theoretical, and trivial. I learned more than I can say and will no doubt be consulting this book often in the future.Austin Dacey

A gripping account of how we went from burning books to bombs on buses. The Rushdie Affair has shaped all our lives. This book shows us how.Hanif Kureishi

A thorough and highly readable history of the politics of the Rushdie affair and an important intervention in the current debate on freedom of expression.Monica Ali

A riveting political history of contemporary Britain... Impeccably researched, brimming with detail, yet razor-sharp in its argument.Lisa Appignanesi
Independent

Few writers have untangled the paradoxes and unintended consequences of political Islam as deftly as MalikMaureen Freely
Washington Post

EnthrallingRobert McCrum
Observer

An admirable piece of reportage... subtle and intelligentStuart Kelly
Scotsman

Seldom can a book have had a more searing relevance to contemporary eventsLindsay Johns
New Humanist