- Shia Muslims are no longer in the ascendant despite taking over Iraq.
- The Shia moment may have passed due to economic mismanagement and corruption.
- Disaffection grows as Iranians and Iraqis lose faith in the ayatollahs’ ideology.
- Clerical succession crises are looming in Iran and Iraq.
- Shia leaders are losing popularity, and there is no clear successor to Ali al-Sistani.
Shia Muslims are no longer in the ascendant
Shia decline: Shia Muslims are no longer in the ascendant despite taking over Iraq. Economic mismanagement, corruption, and disaffection are leading to a decline in popularity of Shia leaders.