Moazzam was born in 1968 in Birmingham to secular Muslim parents. His mother died when he was six, and his father sent him to the Jewish King David School in Birmingham, because he thought it inculcated good values. Moazzam is fluent in English, Arabic and Urdu. In his 20s, Begg became more interested in politics. He never fitted one dogma neatly – conservative when it came to family values, leftist when it came to issues of equality. In the early 90s, between his job and studying law, he spent considerable time working in Bosnia as part of the relief effort.
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