Born in 1946, Dr Muhammad Manazir Ahsan began his education with traditional Islamic schooling, which he successfully completed in 1964, attaining Mumtaz al-Muhaddithin, the highest academic degree in Islamic theological learning in Bangladesh. Dr Ahsan then moved to the UK and completed his PhD in Middle Eastern History from SOAS, University of London in 1972.
Dr Manazir Ahsan is the Rector of Markfield Institute of Higher Education. He has published and lectured extensively on Islam/Muslims in Britain. He is also the Editor of The Muslim World Book Review, a quarterly journal published since 1980, devoted to critically reviewing the latest English publications on Islam and the Muslim World. He has chaired several major Muslim and inter-faith organisations in the UK. He received an MBE in 2000 for his contributions to inter-faith and community activities.