Prof. Joel Hayward

Prof. Joel Hayward

Prof. Joel Hayward

Director, Institute of International and Civil Security & Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-401-8174

Fax: +971-(0)2-447-2442


Professor Joel Hayward (ZDaF, BA, MA Hons, PhD, FRSA, FRHistS) holds two academic leadership positions within Khalifa University. 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 is a defense and security studies scholar (and a writer and poet) who 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, Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies for four years, Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division for six years (all in the UK) as well as Program Coordinator, Centre for Defense Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Defense and Strategic Studies, Massey University (both in New Zealand).

Professor 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 by Air University Press (Montgomery, Al, US) 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.

Professor 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 political and military leaders in several countries, has given policy advice to prominent shaykhs, and has tutored His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales.

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.

Unusually for a social scientist, Professor 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. 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.

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1996
  • M.A. (First Class Honours), History, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1993
  • B.A., History/Classical Studies, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1991
  • International Relations
  • Strategic Studies
  • Defense Studies
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Ethics and Conflict
  • Faith, Politics and Conflict
  • International Relations
  • Strategic Studies
  • Defense Studies
  • Air Power
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Civil-Military RelationsFaith, Politics and Conflict
  • Conflict and Environmental EthicsJust War
  • Islamic Concepts of International Relations, Security and Conflict
  • De-radicalization strategies
  • Countering Violent Extremism

Academic Books and Monographs

  • 2012 Warfare in the Qur’an (Amman: Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre / Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, 2012).
  • 2012 Editor, Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Consequences of Modern Air Warfare (Montgomery, Alabama: Air University Press, 2012).
  • 2009 Editor, Air Power, Insurgency and the “War on Terror” (Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, 2009).
  • 2003For Godand Glory: Lord Nelson and His Way of War (US Naval Institute Press, 2003).
  • 2003 Co-Author, Born to Lead: Portraits of New Zealand Commanders (with Glyn Harper: Exisle Press, 2003).
  • 2000 Adolf Hitler and Joint Warfare (Wellington: Military Studies Institute, 2000).
  • 2000AJoint Future? The Move to Jointness and its Implications for the New Zealand Defence Force (Wellington: Centre for Defence Studies, 2000).
  • 1998 Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East 1942-1943 (University Press of Kansas, 1998 and other editions).

Books in Progress (with signed contracts)

  • 2013/2014 An EcologicalHistory of War: The Environmental Consequences of Warfare from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2013/2014).
  • 2013 Prophet and Warrior: The Conduct and Justice of Muhammad’s Military Campaigns (Markfield: Kube Publishers, 2013).

Key book chapters and Peer-reviewed Articles

  • 2013 “Warfare in the Qur’an” in HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Ibrahim Kalin and Mohammad Hashim Kamali, editors, War and Peace in Islam: The Uses and Abuses of Jihad (Amman: Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre / Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, 2013), pp. 28-56.
  • 2011 "Qur’anic Concepts of the Ethics of War: Challenging the Claims of Islamic Aggressiveness", Cordoba Foundation Occasional Paper (Series 2, April 2011).
  • 2011 "Reflections on the Maxwell ‘Revolution’: John Warden and Reforms in Professional Military Education” [with Dr Tamir Libel], Air Power Review, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 11-33.
  • 2010 "The Qur’an and War: Observations on Islamic Just War”, Air Power Review, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2010), pp. 41-63.
  • 2010 "Air Power, Ethics and Civilian Immunity during the Great War and its Aftermath”, Global War Studies, Vol. 7, No. 7 (2010), pp. 102-130.
  • 2010 “Adding Brain to Brawn: The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and its Impact on Air Power Thinking” [with Dr Tamir Libel], Air Power Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 69-80.
  • 2010 "Demasiado Poco, Demasiado Tarde: Un Análisis del Fracaso de Hitler en Agos-to de 1942 de Dañar la Producción Petrolífera Soviética." Traducido por Francisco Medina Portillo (Edciones De La Guerra, 2010), pp. 1-19.
  • 2009 "Air Power: The Quest to remove Battle from War," in Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare, ed. by George Kassimeris and John Buckley, (Ashgate, 2009), pp. 49-72.
  • 2009 "Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare", Air Power Review, Vol. 12, No. 3 (2009), pp. 15-41.
  • 2008 "The Luftwaffe and Agility," in N. Parton, ed., Air Power: The Agile Air Force(Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, 2008), pp. 40-49.
  • 2002 "Current and Future Command Challenges for New Zealand Defence Force Personnel", Australian Defence Force Journal, No. 155 (July/August 2002), pp. 39-45.
  • 2002 “Prayers Before Battle: The Spiritual Utterances of Three Great Commanders", The [U.S.] Army Chaplaincy, Winter-Spring 2002, pp. 32-40.
  • 2001 "Horatio Lord Nelson's Warfighting Style and the Maneuver Warfare Paradigm", Defence Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Summer 2001), pp. 15-37.
  • 2001 “Adolf Hitler 1889-1945: German Dictator and War Leader”, in Charles Messenger, ed., Reader’s Guide to Military History (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), pp. 229-233.
  • 2000 "Too Little, Too Late: An Analysis of Hitler's Failure in August 1942 to Damage Soviet Oil Production", The Journal of Military History, Vol. 64, No. 3 (July 2000), pp. 769-794.
  • 2007 Republished in Jeremy Black, ed., The Second World War, Volume I: The German War 1939–1942 (London: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 511–536.
  • 2000 “Leonard Henry Trent”, Vol. 5, The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Auckland University Press, 2000), pp. 515-526.
  • 1999 "A Case Study in Early Joint Warfare: An Analysis of the Wehrmacht's Crimean Campaign of 1942", The Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 22, No. 4 (December 1999), pp. 103-130. ― Republished in Jeremy Black, ed., The Second World War, Volume I, pp. 483–510.
  • 1999 “Eine Fallstudie früher integrierter Kriegführung: Eine Analyse des Krimfeldzuges der Wehrmacht im Jahre 1942”, Vierteljahreshefte für Geschichtsforschung, 3. Jahrgangs. Heft 1 (März 1999), pp. 21-37.
  • 1999 "NATO's Air War in the Balkans: A Preliminary Analysis", New Zealand Army Journal, No. 21 (July 1999), pp. 1-17.
  • 1999 “Adolf Eichmann” and “Simon Wiesenthal” (articles), in John Sandford, ed., The Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture (Routledge, 1999).
  • 1998 "A Case Study in Effective Command: An Analysis of Field Marshal Richthofen's Character and Career", New Zealand Army Journal, No. 18 (January 1998), pp. 7-18.
  • 1997 "The German Use of Airpower at Kharkov, May 1942", Air Power History, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Summer 1997), pp.18-29.
  • 1997 "Stalingrad: An Examination of Hitler's Decision to Airlift", Airpower Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 1997), pp. 21-37.
  • 1997 “Von Richthofen's 'Giant Fire-Magic': The Luftwaffe's Contribution to the Battle of Kerch, 1942”, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Vol. 10, No.2 (June 1997), pp. 97-124.
  • 1995 "Hitler's Quest for Oil: The Impact of Economic Considerations on Military Strategy, 1941-1942", The Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 18, No. 4 (December 1995), pp. 94-135. ― Republished in Jeremy Black, ed., The Second World War, Volume I, pp. 441–482.
  • 1991 Holocaust Revisionism in New Zealand: The 'Thinking-man's Anti-Semitism?'", Without Prejudice: The Journal of the Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs, No. 4 (December 1991), pp. 38-49.


  • 2012 Splitting the Moon: A Book of Islamic Poetry (Markfield: Kube, 2012).
  • 2003 Jenny Green Teeth and Other Short Stories (Palmerston North: Totem Press, 2003).
  • 2003 Lifeblood: A Book of Poems (Palmerston North: Totem Press, 2003).

Recent Key Conference Speeches (representative selection)

  • 2012 "Islam, War and Peace" at Faizan-e-Madina Masjid, 8 November 2012.
  • 2012 "Prophet Muhammad's Campaigns in the Light of Modern Military Ethics", Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2 November 2012.
  • 2012 "The Compatibility of Western and Islamic Values", Eighth Annual SACRE Lecture, 19 September 2012.
  • 2012 “The Islamic Ummah and its Importance to International Relations”, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, 19 June 2012.
  • 2011 "Islam, Radicalisation and Terrorism", at the "Tackling Extremism Promoting Peace and Integration" Conference, Northampton Academy, 24 July 2011.
  • 2011 "Western and Islamic Values: Why Do They Current Seem to Differ?", Karimia Islamic Camp, Karimia Institute, Hollowford Centre, 23 July 2011.
  • 2011 “The Challenges for Muslims in a British Military Context", Markfield Institute of Higher Education, 18 May 2011.
  • 2011 "You Can be British and Muslim”, Staffordshire Muslim Youth Council Conference, Staffordshire University, 7 May 2011.
  • 2012 “Qur'anic concepts of justice and war,” York St John University, 17 February 2012.
  • 2010 “Islam, War and Peace,” an Eid lecture to the Armed Forces Muslim Association, 17 December 2010.
  • 2010 “War and Ethics: The Compatibility of ‘Western’ and Islamic Thought,” A Keynote Paper presented at the Global Peace and Unity Conference, ExCel London, 23 October 2010.
  • 2010 “Interdiction and Close Air Support: A Complex Relationship,” A Paper at the Air-Land Integration and Joint Fire Support Conference, London, 20-21 May, 2010.
  • 2010 “Ethics: The Use of Air Power and the Dangers of its Misapplication,” A Paper at the Air Power Middle East 2010 Conference, Muscat, Oman, 28-29 April 2010.
  • 2010 "Domestic Security, Air Forces and Commercial Air Lines,” A Paper at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for Infrastructure Development 2010 in conjunction with the Infrastructure Asia 2010 Conference and Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia, 16 April 2010.
  • 2010 “Air Power: Emerging Concepts, Habits and Effects,” Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 19 January 2010.
  • 2009 “UAVs and UCAVs: Legal and Ethical Dimensions,” A Paper presented at Defence-IQ’s Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles Conference, London, 23 June 2009.
  • 2009 "Air Power and Ecology: Destroying Enemies but not the Environment," Keynote Paper presented at the 2009 Air Power Asia conference, Singapore, 13 May 2009.
  • 2008 "Air-Land Integration: Some Thoughts on Its Evolution," Keynote Paper presented at the ALI Conference, Royal Danish Air Force, Copenhagen, 21 April 2008.
  • 2008 "Academics and professional military education," Keynote Paper presented at the 2008 Conference of the Council of Military Education Committees of the Universities of the United Kingdom (COMEC), 11 September 2008.
  • 2008 "Coercion, Effects and Ethics," Keynote Paper presented at the Typhoon IPT Conference, Coningsby, 8 April 2008.
  • 2008 "Imbedded Academics" a Paper presented at the Force Development Annual Symposium, 19 March 2008.
  • 2007 "Integrated versus Independent Air Power: A Challenge for the Future," a Paper presented at the NATO Air Command, Ramstein, Germany, 21 November 2007.
  • 2007 "Air Power and Ethics," a Course taught at the Luftkrigsskolen, Trondheim, Norway October 2007.