Abu Hanifa

698 - 767

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Abu Hanifa (Arabic: أَبُو حَنِيفَة, romanized: Abū Ḥanīfa; September 699–767) was a Sunni Muslim scholar, jurist, theologian, ascetic, and eponym of the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence, which remains the most widely practiced to this day. His school predominates in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran (until the sixteenth century), Turkey, the Balkans, Russia, Circassia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and some parts of the Arab world. Born to a Muslim family in Kufa, Abu Hanifa traveled to the Hejaz region of Arabia in his youth, where he studied in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Hanifa has received more than 2,373,909 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Abu Hanifa is the 34th most popular religious figure (up from 59th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 6th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Iraqi Religious Figure.

Abu Hanifa is most famous for being the founder of the Hanafi school of law, one of the four schools of Sunni Islam.

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Among religious figures, Abu Hanifa ranks 34 out of 3,187Before him are Abu Bakr, Zoroaster, Saint Stephen, Saint Barbara, Sarah, and Husayn ibn Ali. After him are Martin of Tours, Jonah, Ruhollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul I, Mark the Evangelist, and Queen of Sheba.

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Among people born in 698, Abu Hanifa ranks 1After him are Dagobert III, Abe no Nakamaro, and Wang Changling. Among people deceased in 767, Abu Hanifa ranks 1After him are Pope Paul I, Ibn Ishaq, and Toktu of Bulgaria.

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Among people born in Iraq, Abu Hanifa ranks 8 out of 384Before him are Saladin (1138), Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), and Sarah (-1803). After him are Sennacherib (-740), Ashurbanipal (-685), Al-Kindi (801), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Ibn al-Haytham (965), and Mani (216).

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Among religious figures born in Iraq, Abu Hanifa ranks 3Before him are Abraham (-1813), and Sarah (-1803). After him are Mani (216), Rabia of Basra (710), Ezra (-500), Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), Belshazzar (-600), Eber (-2038), Junayd of Baghdad (830), Ibn Hisham (701), and Hillel the Elder (-110).