An Islamic Perspective on Leadership: Qur’anic World View on the Qualities of Leaders

Kasim Randeree

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Leadership as a topic can be studied from many different viewpoints including political military, social, religious or corporate. This paper aims to provide scholars with an analysis of religious perspective on corporate and social leadership. This paper focuses on Qur’anic scripture in relation to the qualities of leaders from an Islamic viewpoint and the scripture’s applicability to contemporary views on leadership. This work further examines leadership and its importance and growing role in the culturally diverse global economy. The intensification of debate between civilisations with divergent views on a plethora of issues has placed a spotlight on Islam and prompted a need for dialogue. This paper thus addresses the topic of leadership, with a view to continuing discourse amongst scholars seeking to learn from the richness of Islamic history. This paper considers both cultural variance and the Islamic view of leadership and presents an evaluation on the qualities in leaders in Islam and their applicability to contemporary society. This work draws on a variety of resources with a centralised focus on Qur’anic scripture to understand individuals mentioned therein relevant Judeo Christian and Islamic history
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-210
Number of pages14
JournalThe Global Studies Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Islam
  • Leadership
  • Globalisation
  • Civilisation
  • Culture
  • Qualities


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