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Dr. Sherko Kirmanj,PhD Assistant Professor Academic RankAssistant 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)
Editorial Board of the journal of National Identities Founding editor of Hewar a quarterly Kurdish magazine published in Adelaide, Australia (Jul 1997 – Oct 2001).
(a) Books Kirmanj, Sherko (forthcoming 2021) Al-Islam wa al-siyasa wa al-dawla: jizur wa rawabit al-fikir al-Islami al-siyasi (Islam, politics, and state: Roots and Links of Islamic Political Thought). Beirut: Dar al-Farabi. 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, 2nd edition 2019) Politicisation of Islam; the Phenomenon of Islamism, Sulaimaniya, Iraq: Sardam House for Publishing (256 pages, in Kurdish) ISBN: 0-646-44654-1. (b) Book Chapters (peer-reviewed) 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 (2016) “Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Vision of Secular World: Lessons from Iraq’s National Disintegration to India,” in Dr. Ambedkar’s Global Vision: The Emerging Knowledge Society in 21 Century, ed., Prof. Ripu Sudan Singh, New Delhi: MRI Publication. 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. (c) Journal Articles (international peer-reviewed) Kirmanj, Sherko (forthcoming 2021) “The role of political parties in the process of national integration in Iraq,” ‎Confluences Méditerranée.‎ Kirmanj, S & Rafaat, A. (2020) “The Kurdish Genocide in Iraq: the Security-Anfal and the Identity-Anfal,” National Identities. 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 (4): 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.
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.
-PhD Scholarship, University of South, Australia, 2006-2009 -Postdoctoral Research Felow, based at the school of International Studies. University of South Australia awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Kurdistan Region, Iraqi, 2012-1013
I 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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