Leadership in Islam

Thoughts, Processes and Solutions in Australian Organizations

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Nezar Faris, Mohamad Abdalla
  • London, UK: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , January
     207 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book examines the concept of leadership from within the Islamic worldview, exploring its meaning and various manifestations through textual evidence from the two primary sources of Islam, The Qur’an and hadith. Using this theoretical framework concurrent with contemporary leadership theory, the authors scrutinise the distinctive leadership dynamics of Islamic organisations within a minority-Muslim context and a focus on Australia. Drawing on empirical data gathered over four years, the nature of leadership and its processes within this unique context is examined. Leadership in Islam reconciles the problematic processes that exist within Muslim organisational context and offers a set of measures and strategies to improve leadership processes including enacting leadership, enacting following, accommodating complexity, sense making and embracing basics as the core processes. This book will be beneficial for anyone who seeks to understand the meaning of leadership in Islam, the way Islamic organisations operate, and the way forward for improving leadership processes within an Australian/Western context.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nezar Faris is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia. Previously he was an affiliated Research fellow at the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS) at Griffith University. Dr Faris’ work has appeared in Leadership Quarterly. 

Mohamad Abdalla is the Founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia. One of Australia’s most prominent and respected Muslim leaders, he combines the roles of academic scholar, public intellectual, community leader and commentator. Professor Abdalla played a leading role in establishing Islamic studies as an academic area of study in Australia, and has held multiple academic posts.


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