Dr. Daud Abdullah obtained his first degree from the University of Guyana, South America, in 1981. He studied Arabic at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia (1982-84) before joining the University of Khartoum, Sudan, to pursue graduate studies, being awarded his doctorate in 1989.
Dr. Abdullah lectured in history at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria between 1990-1993. He also taught Islamic Studies briefly at Manarat International Islamic School in Jeddah before moving to the UK in 1995 where he worked as a senior researcher at the Palestinian Return Centre, London from 1996 to 2009. Since 2003 he has been lecturing in Islamic Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.
From 2006-2010, Dr Abdullah served as Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Dr Abdullah has published several books and papers on Islam and the Palestine question. He is the author of A History of Palestinian Resistance, and a contributor to Islamic Political Radicalism: A European Perspective (Edinburgh University Press, 2007) and American Foreign Policy & the Muslim World (Beirut, Al Zaytouna Centre for Studies & Consultations, 2009). He is the co-author of The universal theology of liberation: views from Muslim history (Islamic Human Rights Commission, London: 2011).