Azzam Tamimi's father had been a resistance fighter against the Zionist founders of Israel. Azzam Tamimi was born in 1955 and lived in Hebron in the Palestine until he was seven, when his family moved to Kuwait. After high school, Azzam moved to London for college, receiving a B.S. in Combined Sciences in 1979 from the University of Sunderland. He received a Ph.D. in Political Theory from University of Westminster, London in 1998. Azzam is married with three children and lives in Willesden, North West London. He and his family are British citizens.
Azzam Tamimi is director of the London-based Institute of Islamic Political Thought, and a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London. He has edited Power Sharing Islam?, London 1993; Musharakat al-Islamiyin fil-Sultah, London 1994; and al-Shar’iyah al-Siyasiyah fil-Islam (Political legitimacy in Islam), London 1997; and wrote several books. He appears regularly on al-Jazeera, PressTV, and other Arabic and English language television stations, and frequently publishes opinion pieces in the Guardian.