Kogan Page, 144 pages (print version)
This short, pithy book is challenging and insightful, especially because of its attempt to separate the religious mission of Muhammad from his qualities as a leader. Adair, who is not a Muslim but has a long association with the Arab world and Bedouin culture, is well-placed to do this, illustrating his analysis with cases and anecdotes from the prophet’s life. He underlines the difference between the authority that comes from holding a high position in an organisation and the legitimacy of true leadership, which is bestowed by those who choose to follow. The book is not particularly systematic in its approach and it’s sometimes hard to see where Adair is heading, but it would be a useful volume for a Westerner who works with Muslims or who wants a different view of the world.