Shoki Hayir is a teacher based at the Department of Political Science, Maastricht University. Prior to joining the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Shoki was part-time lecturer at the Faculty of International Business and Communication, Department of European Studies, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. Besides teaching, Shoki is also an external PhD candidate (Political Science) at Radboud University where he is affiliated at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM). His research explores the implementation of governance by Islamist movements, focusing on the case study of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in Somalia. In the summer 2006, the ICU actively set up a civil governing system in the Southern Somalia based on the Shari'ah law. They benefited from a wide public support by the local population. But what explains the emergence and fall of the ICU? This is what Shoki investigates, hence shedding light on how and why more and more Islamist movements seek to find solution to the contemporary problems in the Muslim world and find an answer to the existential as well as temporal questions of socio-political issues, and exert power by establishing an Islamic state.
In addition, Shoki’s area of research interests fall within the Comparative Politics and International Relations with a focus on the politics of the European Union and International Organisations.