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Abdul-Rehman Malik

June 19 - June 28, 2018

Abdul-Rehman Malik is an award winning London-based journalist, educator and cultural organizer. He is 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. His work has spanned the UK, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali, Morocco, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia. As part of this work, Abdul-Rehman pioneered platforms which championed the intersection of arts and social change, organizing national hip hop tours that championed political dissent and promoted resilience to violent ideology. In January 2015, he became director of the Insight Film Festival, a unique year-round festival that celebrates the intersection between faith and film.

Abdul-Rehman is a radio documentary 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” and an exploration of sacred music titled “ ending Allah at 33rpm”. He also regularly presents the popular Pause for Though segment on Radio 2.

A trustee of the Sandford St Martins Trust, which promotes excellence in broadcasting about religion in the UK, Abdul-Rehman has a keen interest in harnessing cultural production for social change. He has 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. In addition to providing curation and content guidance to a variety of cultural and literary institutions, Abdul-Rehman is also working 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.

Abdul-Rehman was creative advisor to English Touring Theatre’s acclaimed, radical reimagining of Othello in 2017. He curated The Othello Project, a multidisciplinary festival of artistic responses to the production. 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 exploring the idea of an "Islamic avant-garde."

Abdul-Rehman is a drama educator, having taught theatre studies at a high school in suburban Toronto for 5 years. His training in The Theatre of the Oppressed has been used in a variety of workshop, teaching and training environments. He worked for over a decade with the noted An Nisa Society, a grassroots community development organization in North West London, using drama and film to explore identity, politics and inter-faith relations. He has delivered workshops to hundreds of participants at the annual Greenbelt Festival, Europe’s largest progressive Christian festival, tackling topics like Islamophobia and the roots of terrorist violence.

During his residency at Shangri La, Abdul-Rehman will be hosting a series of programs based around the theme, "What is Muslim Culture?". 


Thursday, June 21, 2018 |  In Search of an Islamic Avant-Garde: Dispatches from the Edge of Muslim Culture
6:00-8:00 pm
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Friday, June 22, 2018 |  Listening while Muslim: A Transglobal Sonic Soul Celebration
7:30-10:00 pm
Kouwork, 814 Ilaniwai St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Saturday, June 23, 2018 | The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee
11:00 am-1:00 pm
da Shop: books + curiosities, 3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Sunday, June 24, 2018 | Celluloid Soul: Selections from the Insight Film Festival
The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817

Monday, June 25, 2018 | Beyond Place & Space: Reimagining Ideas of Home
6:00-9:00 pm
Waiwai Collective, 1110 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | The Specters of Shangri La: A Hauntological De-Tour
2 tours: 6:00 pm; 7:30pm
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

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