Bashir Maan Archive

Watch this short video to find out about the Bashir Maan Archive – launched in 2014!

About the Bashir Maan archive

In 2014 Colourful Heritage, teamed up with Glasgow Life to create Scotland’s first dedicated physical archive based at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. It is named after Mr Bashir Maan who as a trailbrazer was a leading political figure in Glasgow who became Britain’s first Muslim elected to public office in 1970 as a Councillor in Glasgow and was Scotlands first Muslim Justice of Peace in 1968.

The archive contains photographs and documents from as far back as the 1930s which are contributed by various members of the community. The archive gives many useful insights into the lives of these first brave explorers.

The archive is open to anyone to view at Mitchell Library Archives, Level 5, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN

We invite you to deposit further material into the archive. Please contact us for more information.

Who is Bashir Maan?

Told in his own words, this is the story of Bashir Maan who started as a pedlar and would eventually become UK’s first Muslim councillor in 1970.

Two Generations of Muslim Scottish Politicians:

Bashir Maan and Humza Yousaf

Documentary by Akbar Ahmed

“In Glasgow, the team interviewed two distinguished Muslim politicians representing two different generations– Bashir Maan and Humza Yousaf.

Mr. Bashir Maan, CBE, is a leading Scottish politician, businessman, judge, community worker and writer. In 1968 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for the City of Glasgow, the first Asian and Muslim to hold such a post in Scotland. 1970, he became the first Muslim to be elected to a representative office in the United Kingdom, serving as a Labour Party councillor for the Kingston ward of the City of Glasgow Corporation. His political career in Glasgow went on to span 33 years. He is the author of the books New Scots and The Thistle and the Crescent.

Mr. Humza Yousaf, MSP, is a member of the pro-independence Scottish National Party and represents Glasgow in Scottish Parliament. He is an alum of the University of Glasgow.”

Pictures from the Launch Event and Archive