Dr Abdul-Hakim Vazquez has spent almost 20 years studying the classical Islamic sciences under a variety of traditionally-trained scholars, and has received ijazah in hadith from scholars including Shaykh Akram Nadwi, Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Kattani, Shaykh Abd al-Rahman Walad al-Hajj al-Shinqiti and others. He has travelled to study with scholars in Mauritania, Syria, Yemen, Morocco and the UK. He was awarded his shahada al-‘alimiyya (Licence in Islamic Scholarship) at the Al-Salam Institute under the supervision of Shaykh Akram Nadwi.
In 2005 he completed his doctorate in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a thesis on the establishment of the Maliki legal school in Muslim Spain. He has worked at SOAS as a lecturer, researcher and editor.