'Splitting the Moon' tracks scholar and author Dr Joel Hayward's intriguing journey into Islam, his fascination with the mysteries of faith, his experiences and observations as a Western Muslim and his thoughts on the state of the Ummah (Islamic community) today. He writes his poetry to capture events each day in the way that some people keep a diary. They are therefore deeply personal, yet reflect the ever-changing world around him.
Dr Joel Hayward's career highlights include being Dean of the Royal Air Force College and head of a King's College London academic division. He is the author or editor of many works of non-fiction. He is also active in the literary arts, and writes regular columns in emel and other Islamic magazines and has published fiction and poetry. His first poetry collection, Lifeblood, appeared in 2003.