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This page contains a list of the greatest Tunisian Religious Figures. The pantheon dataset contains 2,272 Religious Figures, 5 of which were born in Tunisia. This makes Tunisia the birth place of the 45th most number of Religious Figures behind Romania and Bulgaria.

Top 5

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Tunisian Religious Figures of all time. This list of famous Tunisian Religious Figures is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Cyprian (200 - 258)

With an HPI of 78.60, Cyprian is the most famous Tunisian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages on wikipedia.

Cyprian ( SIP-ree-ən; Latin: Thaschus Caecilius Cyprianus; c. 210 – September 14, 258 AD) was a bishop of Carthage and a notable early Christian writer of Berber descent, many of whose Latin works are extant. He is also recognised as a saint in the Catholic churches. He was born around the beginning of the 3rd century in North Africa, perhaps at Carthage, where he received a classical education. Soon after converting to Christianity, he became a bishop in 249. A controversial figure during his lifetime, his strong pastoral skills, firm conduct during the Novatianist heresy and outbreak of the Plague of Cyprian (named after him due to his description of it), and eventual martyrdom at Carthage established his reputation and proved his sanctity in the eyes of the Church. His skillful Latin rhetoric led to his being considered the pre-eminent Latin writer of Western Christianity until Jerome and Augustine.

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2. Julia of Corsica (420 - 450)

With an HPI of 72.43, Julia of Corsica is the 2nd most famous Tunisian Religious Figure.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Saint Julia of Corsica (Italian: Santa Giulia da Corsica; French: Sainte Julie; Corsican: Santa Ghjulia; Latin: Sancta Iulia), also known as Saint Julia of Carthage, and more rarely Saint Julia of Nonza, was a virgin martyr who is venerated as a Christian saint. The date of her death is most probably on or after AD 439. She and Saint Devota are the patron saints of Corsica in the Catholic Church. Saint Julia was declared a patroness of Corsica by the Church on 5 August 1809; Saint Devota, on 14 March 1820. Both were martyred in pre-Christian Corsica under Roman rule. Julia's feast day is 23 May in the Western liturgical calendar and 16 July in the East.Saint Julia is included in most summary lives of the saints. The details of those lives vary, but a few basic accounts emerge, portraying biographical data and events that are not reconcilable. Various theories accounting for the differences have been proposed. The quintessential icon of Saint Julia derives from the testimony of Victor Vitensis, contemporaneous Bishop of Africa. It is supported by physical evidence: the relics, a small collection of human bone fragments, are where historical events subsequent to the story say they ought to be, at the former Church of Santa Giulia in Brescia, Italy, now part of the city museum.

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3. Fatima al-Fihri (800 - 880)

With an HPI of 70.88, Fatima al-Fihri is the 3rd most famous Tunisian Religious Figure.  Her biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Fatima bint Muhammad Al-Fihriyya (Arabic: فاطمة بنت محمد الفهرية القرشية‎) was an Arab woman who is credited with founding the al-Qarawiyyin mosque in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco. She is also known as "Umm al-Banayn". Al-Fihri died around 880 AD. The Al-Qarawiyyin mosque subsequently developed a teaching institution, which became the University of al-Qarawiyyin in 1963.Her story is told by Ibn Abi Zar' (d. between 1310 and 1320) in The Garden of Pages (Rawd al-Qirtas) as founding the Qarawiyyin Mosque. Since she was first mentioned many centuries after her death, her story has been hard to substantiate, modern historians doubt she ever existed.

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4. Fulgentius of Ruspe (468 - 533)

With an HPI of 67.12, Fulgentius of Ruspe is the 4th most famous Tunisian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Fulgentius of Ruspe (462 or 467 – 1 January 527 or 533) was bishop of the city of Ruspe, Roman province of Africa, North Africa, in modern-day Tunisia, during the 5th and 6th century. He was also canonized as a Christian saint.

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5. Youssef Rzouga (1957 - )

With an HPI of 53.76, Youssef Rzouga is the 5th most famous Tunisian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Youssef Rzouga is a Tunisian poet, born on March 21, 1956 in Zorda, Tunisia. He began writing in 1967. His first published text was "Something called need," a short story in the magazine Radio et Télévision (1973).

Pantheon has 5 people classified as religious figures born between 200 and 1957. Of these 5, 1 (20.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living religious figures include Youssef Rzouga. The most famous deceased religious figures include Cyprian, Julia of Corsica, and Fatima al-Fihri.

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