Mohammad Salih Mustafa

Mohammad Salih Mustafa
Ph.D.

Mohammad Salih Mustafa

IRD

Position: Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy

BackgroundResearchPublicationsCourses
Education (PhD, MSc/MA, BSc/BA)
PhD in Ethno-Political Studies, MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Teaching philosophy

Knowing the students and starting from their level is a crucial element in teaching. Understanding the students’ needs is the skill of being a teacher. This is quite similar to being a parent. Being a parent is about knowing your children and accepting them, as they are, then working with them; encouraging them to develop their talents. Otherwise, providing only food and drink does not make you a good parent. Similarly, planning a session and attending the classroom, does not make one a good teacher. Being a good teacher is what the students expect.

The teacher’s plan affects the nature of the lesson. For instance, in a politics and/or history-based lesson, I would like my students to build up and articulate a clear and coherent historical narrative, making associations between events, people and institutions, being aware of the forces of cause and effect, and the changes these bring. Sometimes a straightforward teaching technique can be best. I love using illustrations, charts, diagrams and other visual demonstrations to explain relationships. Generally, getting the students ready for real-life and the market equipped with the knowledge and lifelong skills, such as soft skills are the duty of University lecturers.

Previous positions
  1. Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
  2. Post Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Exeter, England.
  3. Instructor, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, England.
  4. Instructor, Middlesex University London, England.
Research interests
  1. Middle East Politics,
  2. Kurdish Studies,
  3. Nationalism,
  4. Islamism,
  5. Religious Nationalism,
  6. Counter-Terrorism and Security
Supervision

Undergraduate research projects.

Books
  1. Mustafa, M. (2021). Nationalism and Islamism in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: The Emergence of Kurdistan Islamic Union, Routledge.
  2. Mustafa, M. (2000) How to Conduct a Scientific Research (in Kurdish Language), Roshnbeer, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

 

Journals
  1. Mustafa, M. S. (2018). A Year After Referendum, What Does the Future Hold for Iraq’s Kurd? Middle East Eye. September 25.
  2. Mustafa, M. S. (2018). Iraqi Kurds Must Unite for their Rights. Middle East Eye. August 28.
  3. Mustafa, M. S. (2016). The Trajectory and Current State of Inta-Kurdish Politics in Kurdistan Region, the Role and Influence of Iran and Turkey, Turkish Journal of Security Studies, Vol 18, 1, PP. 95-122.
  4. Mustafa, M. S. (2016). Iran’s Role in the Kurdistan Region, Aljazeera Centre for Studies, April, 20.

 

Proceedings
  1. Mustafa, M., (2020). The Kurdish Issue as a Pillar of Peace in the Middle East, 1st Virtual Global Forum of the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Management, Soran University, 19-20 October, Online.
  2. Mustafa, M., (2015). The Political Transformation of the Kurdistan Regional Government Between Democratisation and Struggle for Power, 7th International Terrorism and Transnational Symposium, 4-6 December, Antalya, Turkey.
  3. مصطفی، م.، (٢٠١٣). ما ينتظره الأضعف من المهاجرين من وزارتهم، المؤتمر الثالث لوزارة الهجرة والمهاجرين العراقیة، ٤-٦ تشرین الأول، لندن، بریطانیا.
  4. Mustafa, M., (2012). The Middle East Between the Secular Nationalism and Religious Nationalism, Political Studies Association Graduate Network Conference, University of Oxford, England, 2012.
  5. Mustafa, M., (2011). Religious Nationalism in the Middle East: a New Wave, Postgraduate Conference, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, England.
2020-2021
  1. IRD 116 Civilization History 
  2. IRD 206 Political History of Iraq
  3. IRD 318 Contemporary US Foreign Policy
2019-2020
  1. Political Parties
  2. Political Development (MA Course)
  3. Speaking and Listening Skills
  4. Academic Reading Skills
  5. Academic Writing Skill
2017-2019
  1. Arabic Language and Culture
2016-2017
  1. Politics and Economy of Contemporary Middle East
2014-2015
  1. Arabic Language and Culture
2012-2013
  1. Islamist Movements: from the Muslim Brotherhood to al-Qa’eda
2011-2012
  1. Arabic Language and Culture