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Also known as Imami Shi'ism, Twelver Shi'ism is the largest branch of Shi'a Islam. Its adherents are commonly referred to as Twelvers, for their belief in twelve divinely ordained leaders known as the Twelve Imams. Because the vast majority of Shi'a are Twelvers, the term Shi'a Muslim is often used to refer to Twelver Shi'a Muslims only. Twelvers share many tenets of Shi'ism with related sects, but differ in the number of Imams recognized, as well as the path of succession and other details.



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