This study attempts to answer a key question which is the subject matter of this research problem: what are the lessons learned from the experience of the Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab as a model for enlightened leadership and good governance in the management of a famine crisis? The question is further subdivided into the following questions:

  • 1:  What is the role of leaders in crisis management?
  • 2:  What are the characteristics of the role played by the Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab in managing the crisis in the Year of Famine?

To answer these questions, the study was divided into four chapters, an introduction and a conclusion. Chapter 1 - discusses the concept of crisis management, Chapter 2 - the concept of leadership, Chapter 3 - the concept of good governance while Chapter 4 addresses the management of the crisis in the Year of Famine and the model of good governance of Caliph Omar ibn al-Khattab, and highlights the leading role of the State of Qatar and its civil society. Three methodological approaches were used: theoretical grounding of concepts, the purposes of Islamic Sharia and a comparative approach.

the most important of which are the emphasis on the importance of the political role of leadership, and that the concept of good governance was shown in the model of the Caliph ibn al-Khattab through sacrifice and responsibility.


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  1. S. Al Mulla, The Role of Enlightened Leadership in Crisis Management:The Year of Famine, QFARF Proceedings, 2010, AHP12.
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