Joel Hayward's Poetry

Islamic poetry in English

Professor Joel Hayward, ZDaF, BA, MA Hons, PhD, FRSA, FRHistS


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Professor Joel Hayward joined the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates in 2017 as a Professor of Strategic Thought. Before joining NDC, he held two academic leadership positions at Khalifa University between November 2012 and December 2016. He was both the Director and Chair of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.


As a defense and security studies scholar, he held a number of positions, most prominently: the Dean of the Royal Air Force College, Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division as well as Program Head at the Centre for Defense Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Defense and Strategic Studies at Massey University.


In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2016 he was named as the "Best Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences" at the 2016 Middle East Education Leadership Awards.

Professor Hayward is especially interested in the evolution of strategic thought, air power and joint warfighting, Just War and the laws and ethics of modern conflict. He also researches and lectures on the Islamic laws and ethics of security.


He researches on the impact of the major world religions on political and military strategy and theory, and reads the scriptures of the monotheistic faiths in their original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Arabic). Also able to read a few modern languages, he has undertaken extensive primary research in Russian and German archives.


He is the author or editor of sixteen positively reviewed books and monographs and dozens of peer reviewed articles and book chapters. His books include a biography of Horatio Lord Nelson, an analysis of the Stalingrad air campaign, a study of airpower in counterinsurgency operations, and a book explaining the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad. Some of his works have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian, German, Korean and Chinese. His most recent academic works include: Warfare in the Qur'an (2012), Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, (2013), War is Deceit: An Analysis of a Contentious Hadith on the Morality of Military Deception (2017), Civilian Immunity in Foundational Islamic Strategic Thought: A Historical Enquiry (2018), Islamic Principles of War for the 21st Century (2020), and The Leadership of Muhammad: A Historical Analysis (2021).


His biography of Lord Nelson is the first ever to be translated into Arabic.


Unusually for a social scientist, Prof Hayward is also very active in the literary arts. He has published much poetry and fiction, including three  books of short stories and four collections of poetry. His latest works are an Arabic translation of his 2003 collection of short stories, and an entirely new collection, titled The Savage and other Islamic Short Stories. This has also appeared in an Arabic translation