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Dr.Sherko Kirmanj,PhD Assistant Professor & Chairperson of International Relations Deprtment Academic RankAssociate Professor


  • International Relations; Nation and Nationalism; Middle East and Iraqi politics; The Kurdish question; Textbook studies.

Research Interests:

  • Politics and international relations of Middle East; Iraq’s modern politics and Kurdish question Islam; Political Islam and Islamic political thought; National identity, nationalism, nation-formation and nation-building; Ethnic and sectarian conflict in Middle East.


PhD, International Studies, University of South Australia, Australia, Dissertation Title: The Question of National Identity and the Construction of Iraqi State, GPA: N/A Masters Degree, International Studies, University of South Australia, Australia, GPA: High Distinction BSc, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia
Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Aug 2018 – present) Senior Lecturer, School of International Studies, College of Law, Government and International Studies, University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia (May 2013 – Dec 2017) Research Fellow (concurrent), Institute of Excellence for Jerusalem Studies, UUM Post-doc Researcher, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia, Australia (Feb 2012 – Feb 2013) Lecturer (concurrent), College of Law and Politics, University of Salahaddin, Erbil, Iraq (Dec 2010 – Feb 2012) Tutor, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia, Australia (Aug 2007 – Dec 2010)
Teaching, Research, and Community Service
Supervised PhD and Master Degree students at the University Utara Malaysia, and participated in thesis and oral examination Committees as the internal and external examiner.
Spirituality and Public Administrative Values Transactional E-Government and Public Administrative Values
(a) Books Kirmanj, S (2017) Iraqi Identity: Ethnic and Sectarian Conflicts, Sulaimaniya, Iraq: Sardam House for Publishing (612 pages, in Kurdish). Kirmanj, S (2015) Al-Hawiya wa al-Umma fi al-Iraq (Identity and Nation in Iraq), Beirut and Erbil: Dar al-Saqi and Dar Aras (414 pages, in Arabic), ISBN 9786144257906. Kirmanj, S (2013) Identity and Nation in Iraq, Boulder, USA: Lynne Rienner (316 pages, in English) ISBN-10: 1588268853. Kirmanj, S (2005, second edition is forthcoming 2019) Politicisation of Islam; the Phenomenon of Islamism, Sulaimaniya, Iraq: Sardam House for Publishing (256 pages, in Kurdish) ISBN: 0-646-44654-1. (b) International Refereed Journals Kirmanj, S & Yaseen Salih (forthcoming 2018) “Perspectives of Iraqis on Federalism and Partition: Developing a Governing Model for Ethnic and Sectarian Conflict in Iraq,” Regional and Federal Studies. Kirmanj, S & Abdulla K. Sadq (2018) “Iran’s Foreign Policy towards Iraq and Syria: Strategic Significance and Regional Power Balance,” Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, 43 (1-2): 152–172. Kirmanj, S & Yoosef Abbas Zadeh (2017) “The Para-Diplomacy of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and the Kurdish Statehood Enterprise,” Middle East Journal, 71 (4): 587-606. Kirmanj, S & SC Igwe, MAIL Abdullah, KS Fage, I Bello (2017) “An Assessment of the Motivations for the 2011 Nato Intervention in Libya and Its Implications for Africa,” Canadian Social Science, 13 (4): 1-12. Kirmanj, S & Bashawir Abdul Ghani, Talibu Oladimeji (2016) “The New Great Trek: The Root Causes of the Influx of Refugees from Syria and Iraq to Europe,” ABC Journal of Advanced Research. 5 (2): 91-100. Kirmanj, S & Shamsul Khan (2015) “Engineering Confederalism for Iraq,” National Identities, 17 (3): 371-385. Kirmanj, S & Oladimeji, Talibu (2015) “Nigeria’s Multilateral Policy and Regional Order of West Africa in the Post-Cold War International System,” International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences, 5 (7): 682-698. Kirmanj, S (2014) “Kurdish History Textbooks: Building a Nation-state within a Nation-state,” Middle East Journal, 68 (3): 367-384. Kirmanj, S (2014) “The Syrian Conflict: Regional Dimensions and Implications,” Journal of International Studies, 10 (1): 57-75. Kirmanj, S (2013) “Kurdistan Region: A Country Profile,” Journal of International Studies, 9 (1): 145-157. Kirmanj, S (2008) “Islam, Politics and Government,” Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, 9 ( 1): 43-59. Kirmanj, S (2008) “The Relationship between Traditional and Contemporary Islamist Political Thought,” Middle East Review of International Affairs, 12 (1): 69-82. (c) Book Chapters Kirmanj, S (forthcoming 2018) “Ambedkar’s Vision of Secular World: Lessons from Iraq’s national disintegration to India,” in The Emerging Knowledge Society in 21st Century, ed., Prof. Ripu Sudan Singh, New Delhi: Primus Books. Kirmanj, S & Aziz, Sardar (2018) “Iran’s Regional Hegemony and Kurdish Independence,” in Federalism, Secession and the International Regime of Recognition: Iraqi Kurdistan at a Crossroads. London: Routledge. Kirmanj, S (2017) “National Identity, Self-images and Picturing the Other in History School Textbooks of the Kurdistan Regional Government,” in Multiple Alterities: Views of Others in Textbooks of the Middle East, eds. Podeh, Elie & Samira Alayan, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Kirmanj, S (2014) “Kurdish Integration in Iraq: The Paradoxes of Nation Formation and Nation Building,” in Kurdish Awakening: Nation Building in a Fragmented Homeland, ed. Ofra Bengio, Houston: University of Texas Press. Kirmanj, S (2010) “The Clash of Identities in Iraq,” in Iraq between Occupations: Perspectives from 1920 to the Present, eds. A. Baram, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Kirmanj, S (2009) “Challenging the Islamist Politicisation of Islam: The Non-Islamic Origins of Muslim Political Concepts,” in Political Islam, ed. Joseph Morrison Skelly, Westport, USA: Praeger Security International
The Performance Framework of Federal Government Institutions from the Perspective of Competitiveness Efficiency Standards: A Field Study of the Views of Strategic Planning and Organizational Excellence Directors United Arab Emirates University, February 2016.
believe that students learn better when they find the subject matter exciting which is why I use ‎experiential learning strategies (e.g. an active and student-centered classroom, interactive ‎learning strategies and project-based learning strategies) to improve the students’ learning by ‎relating their personal experiences to theoretical approaches. I believe it is important to build strong and mutual academic relationships with my students. As a teacher my focus and aim is to teach students life-long skills.
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