How the World Changed

Did we see it coming, this avalanche of fundamentalist violence and societies divided by identity politics?

Indian-born, British-based writer Kenan Malik says yes, and highlights the extraordinary international drama of the Rushdie affair as a key moment.

He recently updated his powerful analysis of the way the fatwa on Salman Rushdie was manipulated to control and incite large numbers of people, and how that effect continued to develop in the years since, culminating in the attack on the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.

Eloquent about what’s gone wrong, passionate about how it might be fixed, Malik talks with award-winning journalist and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow of La Trobe University, Tony Walker, about fanaticism, populism and freedom of speech.