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This article is about the defunct Ismaili sub-sect. For the Ismaili Muslim faith overall, see Ismailism.

Seveners (Arabic: سبعية‎) are a branch of Ismā'īlī Shīʻa. They became known as "Seveners" because they believe that Ismā'īl ibn Jaʻfar was the seventh and the last Imām (hereditary leader of the Muslim community in the direct line of ʻAlī ibn Abī Tālib). They believed his son, Muħammad ibn Ismā'īl al-Maktum, would return and bring about an age of justice as al-Mahdi. Their most famous and active branch were the Qarmatians.

Sometimes "sevener" is used to refer to Ismailis overall, though several branches, such as the Nizari Ismailis, have far more than seven imams.

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