Ahmad Shah Durrani

1722 - 1772

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Ahmad Shāh Durrānī (c. 1722 – 4 June 1772) (Pashto: احمد شاه دراني), also known as Ahmad Khān Abdālī (احمد خان ابدالي), was the founder of the Durrani Empire and is regarded as the founder of the modern state of Afghanistan. In July 1747, Ahmad Shah was appointed as the King of Afghanistan by a loya jirga in Kandahar, where he set up his capital. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ahmad Shah Durrani has received more than 2,020,188 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Ahmad Shah Durrani is the 2,684th most popular politician (down from 2,179th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Afghanistan (down from 11th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Afghan Politician.

Ahmad Shah Durrani is most famous for founding the Durrani Empire in 1747.

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Among politicians, Ahmad Shah Durrani ranks 2,684 out of 15,710Before him are Alexios I of Trebizond, Violant of Hungary, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, Valdas Adamkus, Francis III, Duke of Brittany, and José Manuel Barroso. After him are Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Zimri, Smendes, Muršili II, Menua, and Ildibad.

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Among people born in 1722, Ahmad Shah Durrani ranks 2Before him is Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony. After him are Prince Augustus William of Prussia, Gregory Skovoroda, Jazzar Pasha, Georg Benda, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Samuel Adams, Duchess Luise of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von Crantz, Pietro Nardini, and Leopold Auenbrugger. Among people deceased in 1772, Ahmad Shah Durrani ranks 3Before him are Emanuel Swedenborg and Johann Friedrich Struensee. After him are Louis-Claude Daquin, Ernst Johann von Biron, Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein, Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Gerard van Swieten, Princess Mary of Great Britain, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, and John Canton.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Durrani ranks 19 out of 108Before him are Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909), Babrak Karmal (1929), Nur Muhammad Taraki (1917), Amanullah Khan (1892), and Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād (1450). After him are Alp-Tegin (963), Abu Maʿshar (787), Sultan Husayn Bayqara (1438), Habibullāh Kalakāni (1890), Abdur Rahman Khan (1844), and Heracles of Macedon (-327).

Among POLITICIANS In Afghanistan

Among politicians born in Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Durrani ranks 13Before him are Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909), Babrak Karmal (1929), Nur Muhammad Taraki (1917), and Amanullah Khan (1892). After him are Alp-Tegin (963), Sultan Husayn Bayqara (1438), Habibullāh Kalakāni (1890), Abdur Rahman Khan (1844), Heracles of Macedon (-327), and Ashraf Ghani (1949).