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Abu Hanifa

698 - 767

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Nuʿmān ibn Thābit ibn Zūṭā ibn Marzubān (Arabic: نعمان بن ثابت بن زوطا بن مرزبان; c. 696–767), commonly known by his kunya Abū Ḥanīfa (Arabic: أبو حنيفة), or reverently as Imam Abū Ḥanīfa by Sunni Muslims, was a Sunni Muslim theologian and jurist who became the eponymous founder of the Hanafi school of Sunni jurisprudence, which has remained the most widely practised law school in the Sunni tradition, predominating in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran (until the 16th century), Balkans, Russia, Circassia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Muslims in India, Turkey, and some parts of the Arab world. He is also called al-Imām al-Aʿẓam ("The Greatest Imam") and Sirāj al-Aʾimma ("The Lamp of the Imams") by some of his Sunni followers.Born to a Muslim family in Kufa, Abu Hanifa is known to have travelled to the Hejaz region of Arabia in his youth, where he studied in Mecca and Medina. As his career as a theologian and jurist progressed, Abu Hanifa became known for favouring the use of reason in his legal rulings (faqīh dhū raʾy) and even in his theology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Hanifa has received more than 1,882,549 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Abu Hanifa is the 58th most popular religious figure (up from 65th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 7th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 58 out of 2,238Before him are Jerome, Anthony the Great, Anthony of Padua, Pope Clement VII, Luke the Evangelist, and Benedict of Nursia. After him are Hildegard of Bingen, Pope Alexander VI, Thomas the Apostle, Daniel, Pope Pius XI, and Saint Valentine.

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Among people born in 698, Abu Hanifa ranks 1After him are Dagobert III 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 6 out of 338Before him are Abraham (-1813), Saladin (1138), Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), and Nebuchadnezzar II (-630). After him are Ashurbanipal (-685), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Sarah (-1803), Al-Kindi (801), Ibn al-Haytham (965), and Mani (216).

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Among religious figures born in Iraq, Abu Hanifa ranks 2Before him are Abraham (-1813). After him are Sarah (-1803), Mani (216), Rabia of Basra (710), Ezra (-500), Belshazzar (-600), Idris (-3500), Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), Eber (-2038), Ibn Hisham (701), and Junayd of Baghdad (830).