Councillor Bashir Maan, after receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2002.
Bashir Maan emigrated from Pakistan to Glasgow in 1953 and combined a career in business with thirty years of public service, after becoming the first Muslim councillor in Britain when he was elected to Glasgow Corporation in 1970. He served as Chairman of Strathclyde Joint Police Board, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chairman of Strathclyde Community Relations Council and Deputy Lieutenant of Glasgow. He was also a magistrate, police judge and district court judge.
Maan is author of The New Scots, a pioneering study of the Asian and Muslim experience in Scotland. He was a President of Glasgow Central Mosque and a founding spirit behind the formation of the Muslim Council of Britain in 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a CBE for services to race relations and to the community in Scotland.
In April 2003 Maan stepped down as councillor, at the age of 75, but continued to work to promote understanding of the needs of Scotland's Asian communities, and to advise various bodies and police groups on race relations.
Reference: GB 1847 GCU
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