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.