branch of Shia Islam admitting 12 imams as the successors of Muhammad

Twelvers, or Twelver Shia's (Arabic: اثنا عشرية ‎شيعة) are Shia Muslims that believe that God appointed twelve guides after Prophet Muhammad. These are:

About 85% of Shia Muslims are Twelvers. Most of them can be found in Iran (90%), Azerbaijan (85%), Bahrain (80%), Iraq (65%), Lebanon (35%), and Kuwait (35%). There are also minorities in Pakistan (20%), Afghanistan (18%), and Saudi Arabia (10-15%).[1]


Shia Muslims


  1. "International Crisis Group. The Shiite Question in Saudi Arabia, Middle East Report N°45, 19 September 2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2009.