Born in Washington DC in 1969, Luqman is a second-generation African American Muslim. He initially trained for 10 years in the sciences of Islam and the languages (Arabic, Persian and Urdu) and cultures of the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent before spending a decade working as a linguist, writer and translator for various publishing houses in both the USA and the UK. He then served for several years as International Programmes Co-ordinator for Relief International UK, a humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing aid and relief to Iraqi refugees in the Middle East.
In 1997, Luqman co-founded the UK based Khayaal, the first professional theatre company of its kind offering audiences a fascinating experience of Muslim world culture through contemporary art forms. Since then he has been the company’s chief conceptualist and artistic director.