Lifeblood: A Book of Poems

by Professor Joel Hayward

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



Professor Joel Hayward 


Professor Joel Hayward is a New Zealand-born British scholar, writer and poet. He holds two academic leadership positions within Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. He is both the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined Khalifa University as a full Professor of International and Civil Security in 2012, after having enjoyed a Fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College.

His career highlights include having been the Dean of the prestigious and historical Royal Air Force College for five years (2007-2011), Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies for four years (2008-2012), Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division for six years (2005-2011), as well as Program Coordinator, Centre for Defense Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Defense and Strategic Studies, Massey University (both in New Zealand). He has also been the lead air power academic for King’s College London’s MA degree, Air Power in the Modern World, which was the UK’s first specialist degree programme in air power studies. He is also honoured to be Professor of Strategy (Adjunct) at the Indonesian Defense University in Jakarta. Further, he is an "expert" contributor to Think Africa Press.

Prof Hayward is especially interested in international politics, Just War and the ethics of modern conflict. He also researches and lectures on the Islamic laws and ethics of security. He is interested in both the influence of conflict on Islam and the influence of Islam on conflict.

He is fascinated by comparative religious studies, and reads the scriptures of the monotheistic faiths in their original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Arabic). Also able to speak several modern languages, he has undertaken extensive primary research in Russian and German archives.

He is the author or editor of ten positively reviewed books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Some of his works have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian, German and Chinese. In January 2012, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, published his concise monograph, Warfare in the Qur'an. His most recent book, the edited work, Air Power and the Environment: the Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, was published in 2013.

He is currently writing a new book, Prophet and Warrior: The Conduct and Justice of Muhammad's Military Campaigns, based on a careful analysis of the earliest Arabic sources.

Prof Hayward has lectured widely throughout Europe, Asia and beyond on various defense, security, ethics and religious topics and is a Professor of Strategy (Adjunct) at the Indonesian Defense University. He has given strategic advice to national political and military leaders in several countries, has given policy advice to prominent shaykhs, and has tutored His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales (future king of England).

Professor Joel Hayward and the Secretary General of the Indonesia Ministry of Defense (Jakarta 2010)

In October 2010 Professor Hayward spoke (twice) at the Global Peace & Unity (GPU) conference on the topic: "War & Ethics: The Compatibility of 'Western' and Islamic Thought". He especially enjoyed speaking alongside General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, at the Eid Celebration of the Armed Forces Muslim Association on 17 December 2010.

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 March 2014, Prof Hayward received ijazas in ʿAqīdah and Sirah.

Unusually for a social scientist, Prof Hayward is also very active in the literary arts. He has published much poetry and fiction, including two books of short stories and two collections of poetry. They have garnered strong reviews. His poems have appeared in many literary and community magazines and journals, including Damazine, Al Mu'min, Spin, Fresh, The Invitation, Southern Ocean Review, Chaff, Nineteen-O-Splash, The Mozzie and Valley Micropress. His second major poetry collection, Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry, was published by Kube Publishers in 2012. He is currently working on his next Islamic poetry collection, to be titled Poems from the Straight Path.


A recent review:

 "[Joel Hayward] is a very skilful and gifted poet whose way with words is impressive. His poems are easy to understand, highly pertinent and equally spiritually profound, that is to say, this collection of poems are much more than poetry; they also provide a powerful commentary on the social, political, moral and religious challenges and difficulties currently facing Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The fact that he is able to do this in an elegant, evocative and inspiring way is an added bonus. ... The poem titled The Voyage of a Scholar … is a beautiful example of how the poet is able to blend the personal, emotional, spiritual and existential dimensions of human experience, and do so without in any way over-playing or undermining any aspect. This is a very rare skill for a poet to possess. ... This is one of the best collections of Islamic poems I have read for some time; a must read for both Muslims and non-Muslims.”

— Muhammad Khan
The Muslim News, Issue 276
Friday 27 April 2012
(5 Jumad al-Akhar 1433)

  You can purchase Splitting the Moon here