Ethical Leadership from Islamic Perspectives: A Model for Social and Organisational Justice

By Kasim Randeree.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The Arab world had a proud tradition of providing security to its working class especially during the early Islamic period. To be relevant in the future, however, developing Arab societies will need to re-examine their currently Euro-centric premise and strive to serve global equity through a more balanced philosophy, one that acknowledges their rich cultural heritage whilst simultaneously embracing the need for modernisation and advancement.

Thus, the contemporary strategist in the Arab world needs to be inspired by the humanism of the early Islamic scholars, such as Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111). The principles for good governance (knowledge, justice, wisdom and tolerance) were articulated by Al-Ghazzali a millennium ago and remain valid today.

Using Dubai as a model for change, this paper proposes a paradigm shift in work ethic inspired by early Muslim practitioners for creating sustainable and moderate Arab societies in the 21st century. It further demonstrates the ability of the growing regional knowledge economy to adapt economically and socially by implementing traditional ethical guidelines to achieve sustainable growth in addition to avoiding the exploitation of a largely foreign labour class.

Keywords: Islam, Human Resource Management, Ethics, Arab, Ghazzali

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.49-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.788KB).

Dr. Kasim Randeree

Lecturer, Faculty of Business, The British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Kasim Randeree is Programme Director and Lecturer for the MSc in Project Management programme at The British University in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Randeree has an academic career spanning the past 15 years, with experience both in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He is dedicated to the development of contemporary Middle Eastern society and has worked in the past at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, The American University in Dubai as well as conducting research across parts of the Arabian Gulf and North Africa. He has a broad portfolio of research with related current interests in the legacy of early Muslim practitioners to contemporary management and the advancement of Arab women in the Middle East. A number of postgraduate research students are active in these areas under Dr. Randeree’s supervision. He has numerous supporting publications both internationally and across the region.

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