Abdul-Rehman Malik

Journalist, Creative Consultant, and Educator in New Haven, Connecticut

Abdul-Rehman Malik

Journalist, Creative Consultant, and Educator in New Haven, Connecticut

Abdul-Rehman Malik is an award winning journalist, educator and cultural organizer. Currently a Postgraduate Associate at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies, he is also programs manager for the Radical Middle Way, which offers powerful, faith-inspired guidance and tools to enable change, combat exclusion and violence and promote social justice for all.

Abdul-Rehman has pioneered platforms which championed the intersection of arts and social change, championing political dissent and promoted resilience to violence. He recently trained over 150 young civil society leaders in Indonesia to use the power of storytelling to bridge interfaith and intercultural divides against the backdrop of violence and discrimination as part of a Google.org funded initiative called Project Cerita.

Abdul-Rehman is a journalist for BBC Radio, offering contemporary perspectives on spirituality and presenting documentaries and programs for Radio 4, Radio 2 and the World Service. His recent documentary work includes the “The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee”. He also regularly presents the popular Pause for Thought segment on Radio 2 and Something Understood on Radio 4.

In addition to providing curation and content guidance to a variety of cultural and literary institutions, Abdul-Rehman is also director of the Insight Film Festival, a unique year-round festival that celebrates the intersection between faith and film.

He was creative advisor to English Touring Theatre’s acclaimed, radical reimagining of Othello in 2017. He continues to curate The Othello Project, a multidisciplinary festival of artistic responses to the production which tours the UK again in late 2018.

He was a 2017 Yale Greenberg World Fellow and is currently a Postgraduate Associate at Yale University's Council on Middle East Studies, where he is undertaking a project on “rethinking” the field of Countering Violent Extremism. He is also the director of the Muslim Social Justice Leadership Lab being incubated at Yale’s Dwight Hall Center for Social Justice and Service.

Abdul-Rehman was artist-in-residence at the Doris Duke Foundation’s Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Design and Culture in June 2018. During his residency at Shangri La, Abdul-Rehman curated a series of programs and original performances around the theme, "What is Muslim Culture?”.

Abdul-Rehman also serves on the advisory board of the Said Foundation’s Amal Muslim Cultures & Arts programme fund.

  • Education
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
    • University of Toronto
    • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education