Born in Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Abdulah attended Rosary Boys' School and Queen's Royal College, before continuing his education at the Universities of Pennsylvania (BA, 1950) and the Toronto.
He was ordained in 1954 and began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy in Kingston, Jamaica. He was then Rector of Highgate and Rural Dean of St Mary's in the same country before his elevation to the Episcopate. He was the first black bishop of the Anglican church in Trinidad and Tobago and was the first West Indian bishop to serve on the board of directors of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Italy (from 1992 to 1995).
- Google Books — Personalities Caribbean, Volume 4, p. 643 (accessed 14 February 2016).
- Details of career Archived 2010-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
- Mark Fraser, "Honorary degree for Clive Abdulah" Trinidad Express, 25 October 2013 (accessed 14 February 2016).
- Angela Pidduck, "TT Grand Lodge celebrates 50 years", Newsday, 30 March 2008.
- "MPs urged to behave better", BBC Caribbean News in Brief, 31 March 2008.
- "Independence awards list 2010", Trinidad Express, 31 August 2010.
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