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 responsible for developing curricula and partnerships with Greater New Haven public schools to promote better cultural, language and religious literacy about the Middle East to educators and students alike. Abdul-Rehman also remains 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. Additionally, Abdul-Rehman has pioneered platforms which champion the intersection of arts and social change, promote civic action and promote resilience to violence. He recently trained over 150 young civil society leaders in Indonesia to use the power of theatre and 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.
He is also 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.
He continues to work with colleagues from around the world to establish a global network of Muslim cultural leaders committed to building cultural capital and supporting cutting-edge artistic production and serves on the advisory board of the Said Foundation’s Amal Muslim Cultures & Arts programme fund.