This small personal website exists merely to encourage an interest in international relations, politics, security, defence and current conflicts -- and the Western and Islamic ethics at play within these fields -- as well as to offer source-based arguments about them for readers’ appraisal in the hope of contributing to healthy and respectful discourse.
Professor Joel Hayward (ZDaF, BA, MA Hons, PhD, FRSA, FRHistS) is Professor of International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. Professor Hayward's own teaching focus is nowadays on international politics, Just War and the ethics and ecological impact 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.
[Professor Hayward in Arabic kandura in Saida, Lebanon, May 2013]
In November 1998 the Mayor of his city, Palmerston North, presented Professor Hayward's book on Stalingrad as the city’s official gift to His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, during the latter’s royal tour of New Zealand. That was not Professor Hayward's only contact with the Royal family. In February and March 2008 he taught military ethics, strategic thinking and air power concepts to His Royal Highness Prince William. He considers this a rare and remarkable honour and pleasure.
Until June 2002 Professor Hayward was a Senior Lecturer in Defence and Strategic Studies at Massey University. From 1997 to 2004 he also lectured at the New Zealand Army’s Officer Cadet School in Waiouru and the Air Force’s Command and Staff College in Whenuapai. He also taught strategic thought for several years at the Royal New Zealand Naval College in Devonport.
He is also an experienced and semi-regular battlefield guide. He has led British Army and Royal Air Force units on analytical tours of many European battlefields, including Arnhem, Normandy and Stalingrad.
Professor Joel Hayward
Professor Joel Hayward is Professor of International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. In 2012, before he accepted his full professorship at KU, he was a Senior Fellow at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education and a Fellow of the Cambridge Muslim College. His career highlights include having been the Dean of the Royal Air Force College for five years, a Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies for four years, and the Head of King’s College London’s Air Power Studies Division for six years.
Professor Hayward has also been the lead academic for King’s MA, 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. In 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Professor Hayward is the author or editor of nine books and monographs as well as many book chapters and journal articles, some of which have appeared in German, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Serbian translations.
Professor Hayward’s books include a widely praised and much quoted account of the Stalingrad air war, an edited volume on jointness and the New Zealand Defence Force, and a co-authored book on New Zealand officers and their experiences of command. Another book, published by the United States Navy in May 2003, is his thematic analysis of Lord Nelson's war-fighting style.
In 2009 the Royal Air Force published his edited book, Air Power, Insurgency and the "War on Terror". For a free download of this book please click HERE! The Journal of Military History "strongly" recommends this collection, noting that it provides "thought provoking reading" and "much needed critical thinking" on the complex utility of air power within counter-insurgency wars.
In January 2012, the prestigious Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan (affiliated with the highly respected and influential Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought), published his new monograph, Warfare in the Qur’an.
Professor Hayward's next edited work, Air Power and the Environment: the Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, is due for publication by Air University Press in 2012. Professor Hayward is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press to author what he hopes will be a pioneering new study: An Ecological History of War: The Environment Consequences of Warfare from Antiquity to the Present.
Expanding on his article, “The Qur’an and War: Observations on Islamic Just War,” he is also writing for Kube Publishers a major new book on warfare during the first days of Islam, to be titled: Prophet and Warrior: The Conduct and Justice of Muhammad’s Military Campaigns.
Hayward is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of various academic journals, notably Global War Studies, the Baltic Defence and Security Review, Journal of Faith and War, and the Air Power Review.
His journal articles (several of them published in full here) have appeared in many of the world's leading international defence journals and magazines. He has also published various book chapters as well as articles in specialist military encyclopaedias. In May 2007 three of Professor Hayward's earlier articles on German strategy and operational art were considered sufficiently meritorious to be republished by eminent English historian Professor Jeremy Black in a volume of "seminal articles" on the Second World War.
Recent peer-reviewed publications include:
· "Qur’anic Concepts of the Ethics of War: Challenging the Claims of Islamic Aggressiveness," Cordoba Foundation Occasional Paper (Series 2, April 2011).
· “Reflections on the Maxwell ‘Revolution’: John Warden and Reforms in Professional Military Education” [with Israeli scholar Dr Tamir Libel], Air Power Review, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 11-33.
· “Air Power, Ethics and Civilian Immunity during the Great War and its Aftermath,” Global War Studies, Vol. 7, No. 7 (2010), pp. 102-130. It is posted here with the editor's kind permission. Please read the copyright statement on its first page.
· “The Qur’an and War: Observations on Islamic Just War", Air Power Review, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Autumn/Winter 2010), pp. 41-63.
· "Adding Brain to Brawn: The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and its Impact on Air Power Thinking" [with Israeli scholar Dr Tamir Libel], Air Power Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 69-80.
· "Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare," Air Power Review, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Autumn 2009), pp. 15-41.
Professor Hayward lectures and provides specialist advice widely throughout Europe, Asia and beyond on various defence, security and ethics topics.
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.
Unusually for a social scientist, Professor Hayward is also very active in the literary arts. He has had much poetry and fiction published, including a book 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, has just been published by Kube Publishers. In 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
A recent review states:
"[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)
Professor Hayward strongly endorses, and was honoured to write the introduction for, the prodigiously researched "Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings" issued by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, head of the international organisation, Minhaj-ul-Quran. Please click HERE for information about this moderate (and anti-extremist) religious, educational, human rights and welfare organisation, of which Professor Hayward serves as Strategic Policy Advisor.
Dr Qadri's fatwa condemns all aggressive violence, including that erroneously dressed up as what some jihadists call "offensive jihad". The fatwa's condemnation of this, of terrorism and of suicide bombings is unequivocal. Dr Qadri demonstrates that these things are very unjust and un-Islamic. Professor Hayward fully agrees. A free PDF copy of the entire fatwa can be downloaded from HERE.
On behalf of Minhaj-ul-Quran, in September 2011 Professor Hayward drafted and was one of the very first signees of the important London Declaration, which has already gained over 100,000 signatures and has been hailed by the world’s media as a major positive accomplishment in terms of inter-faith dialogue, inter-civilisation bridge-building and the countering of terrorism.