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“Hidden” state of the twelfth Shii imam. Shiis believe that during the Lesser Occultation, the imam continued to communicate with the community through four successive appointed agents, the last of whom died in 944. During the Greater Occultation, which continues to the present, there is no special agent, although Shii jurists are recognized as his agents and the only legitimate interpreters of shariah.

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