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Ithnā ʿAsharīyah (Twelvers)

The followers of the twelve imams regarded as the rightful successors of the Prophet, the Ithnā ʿAsharīyah, or Twelvers, constitute the major subdivision within Shīʿī Islam.  

DATE LAST EDITED: 07-2019  

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The Mahdi:


The 12th Imam and Iran

Iran is a fervently Shi’ite Islamic Republic with a 98 percent Muslim population and 89 percent of those Muslims identifying as Shi’ite according to the CIA World Factbook.  Twelver Shi’ism is the largest branch of Shi’ite Islam, with about 85 percent of Shi’ite adhering to the belief in the 12th Imam.  Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, was a Twelver.  So is the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and former-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

DATE LAST EDITED:  03-2020