And like Catholics and Protestants, both Sunnis and Shiites have their own religious holidays, customs and shrines. Iraq is majority Shiite, but northern Iraq has a lot of Sunnis, and Sunni rebels have made increasing inroads into the country.
Neighboring Iran is majority Shiite, while next-door Saudi Arabia is majority Sunni. A: It’s a complicated question that can’t be reduced to a few sentences, but here goes: Where once the conflict between Sunni and Shiite was religious, now the conflict is more political.
During the day, MSNBC was down 20 percent in viewers and 37 percent in the advertising-coveted 25-54 demo.
In primetime, it fell 23 percent in viewers and 39 percent in the demo.
That approach worked on the weekends, where Hayes debuted for MSNBC in 2011, drawing strong ratings as host of the breakfast roundtable “Up.” But his weekend success hasn’t crossed over to weekdays.
Ali eventually became the fourth caliph, but he was murdered; Ali’s son al-Hussein was massacred with his fighters at Karbala, in what is now Iraq. The Sunnis no longer have a caliph.” Sunnis believe Muslim leaders can be elected, or picked, from those qualified for the job.A: Because Islam is a global religion, and America has significant strategic and military interests in the region.The number of Muslims is expected to rise by 35 percent in the next 20 years, according to The Pew Research Center, to reach 2.2 billion people.Network President Phil Griffin knows MSNBC needs to turn those numbers around quickly, and multiple insiders tell The Wrap Griffin is in the process of deciding what potential changes to make, including tinkering with primetime.One well-placed insider told The Wrap that the ratings-challenged “All In” with Chris Hayes — airing in the cable news sweet spot of 8 p.m. It’s not clear who will replace Hayes in the event that he gets yanked from 8 p.m., but since Keith Olbermann’s abrupt 2011 exit, MSNBC has filled the all-important timeslot with internal talent rather than seeking hosts from the outside.
Here’s a backgrounder on the conflict so you can sound all smart at water cooler – or wherever people gather to gab about current events these days – on Twitter, Facebook and more.