Bashir Maan CBE
Bashir Maan, who emigrated from Pakistan to Britain in 1953, was the fist Muslim councillor in Britain when he was originally elected to Glasgow City Corporation in 1970. In April 2003 he stepped down as councillor of Ferthill Ward, Glasgow, at the age of 75. He combined a career in business with thirty years of public service. These included the posts of Convenor of the Joint Police Board of Strathclyde Police, Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chair of Strathclyde Community Relations Council, Deputy Lieutenant of Glasgow and also serving as a Magistrate and District Court Judge.
He completed an MSc at Stratclyde University in 1995. He is author of ‘The New Scots’ (Jonathan Donald, 1992), a pioneering study on the Asian and Muslim presence in Scotland. The sequel, ‘The Crescent and the Thistle’ was published in 2008.
Bashir Maan was a President of Glasgow Central Mosque and a founding spirit behind the formation of the Muslim Council of Britain in 1997. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Stratchlyde in 1999. In the same year he was conferred a CBE for services to Race Relations and to the community in Scotland. In 2002 he was awarded the Alija Izetbegovic award for good citizenship in the ‘Awards for Excellence’ organised by The Muslim News.