Born in Dipalpur, Pakistan in 1951, Ziauddin Sardar read physics and information science at the City University London. He then joined the Hajj Research Centre in King Abdul Aziz University in 1974. 

In 1978, he became the Muslim World correspondent for Nature Magazine. Upon his return to London in late 1990s, he worked as Visiting Professor of Science Studies at Middlesex University and in 1999, moved to the City University London as Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies. From 2001 to 2013, he was Professor of Law and Society in the School of Law at Middlesex University.

While advancing his career in academia, Sardar also published, wrote and worked as a columnist, consultant and editor in numerous magazines such as New Scientist, New Statesman and Futures. He also wrote and presented a number of television programmes for the BBS and Channel 4 in England. He was appointed as a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, UK in 2006 and successfully relaunched the Muslim Institute, London in 2009.

Considered a pioneering writer on Islam and contemporary cultural issues, he has produced around 50 books. Among them are bestseller Why Do People Hate America? (2002) and two highly acclaimed books on cities: The Consumption of Kuala Lumpur (2000) and Mecca: The Sacred City, which won the first prize at the Lahore Literature Festival in 2014 and the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism for a non-fiction book. In addition; His two volumes of autobiography, Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim and Balti Britain: A Provocative Journey Through Asian Britain, have been highly praised.

Below are some of his highly acclaimed papers, documentaries and books:

The Future of Muslim Civilization (1979), Colonising the Future: The “Other” Dimension of Future Studies (1993), Introducing Muhammad (1994), Barbaric Others (1993) Islamic Futures: The Shape of Ideas to Come (1995), “Shape of Islam” (1998), Chaos for Beginners (1998), “Battle for Islam” (BBC, 2005), Welcome to Postnormal Times (2010), Reading the Qur’an (2011).