Ahmad Yasawi

1103 - 1166

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Ahmad Yasawi (Kazakh: Қожа Ахмет Ясауи, romanized: Qoja Ahmet Iasaui, قوجا احمەت ياساۋٸ; Persian: خواجه اَحمدِ یَسوی, romanized: Khwāje Ahmad-e Yasavī; 1093–1166) was a Turkic poet and Sufi, an early mystic who exerted a powerful influence on the development of Sufi orders throughout the Turkic-speaking world. Yasawi is the earliest known Turkic poet who composed poetry in Middle Turkic. He was a pioneer of popular mysticism, founded the first Turkic Sufi order, the Yasawiyya or Yeseviye, which very quickly spread over Turkic-speaking areas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ahmad Yasawi has received more than 145,735 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Ahmad Yasawi is the 356th most popular writer (up from 389th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Kazakhstan (down from 4th in 2019) and the most popular Writer.

Ahmad Yasawi is most famous for his book, The Book of Animals, which is a compilation of stories about animals and their characteristics.

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  • 68.72

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  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.28

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  • 2.62

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Among writers, Ahmad Yasawi ranks 356 out of 5,755Before him are James Fenimore Cooper, Truman Capote, John Keats, Max Brod, Nâzım Hikmet, and Jacques Prévert. After him are Andrzej Sapkowski, Jean Genet, Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Susan Sontag, and Pär Lagerkvist.

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Among people born in 1103, Ahmad Yasawi ranks 1After him are Harald Gille, André de Montbard, William Adelin, Emperor Toba, Matilda of Boulogne, Alfonso Jordan, Elvira of Castile, Queen of Sicily, Judith of Bavaria, Duchess of Swabia, Aénor de Châtellerault, Adeliza of Louvain, and Agnes of Aquitaine, Queen of Aragon. Among people deceased in 1166, Ahmad Yasawi ranks 2Before him is Abdul Qadir Gilani. After him are Saint Rosalia, William I of Sicily, Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Provence, and Constantine Angelos.

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In Kazakhstan

Among people born in Kazakhstan, Ahmad Yasawi ranks 5 out of 154Before him are Tomyris (-600), Nursultan Nazarbayev (1940), Baibars (1223), and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (1953). After him are Seljuk (902), Lavr Kornilov (1870), Akhmad Kadyrov (1951), Aslan Maskhadov (1951), Abai Qunanbaiuly (1845), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (1946), and Shoqan Walikhanov (1835).

Among WRITERS In Kazakhstan

Among writers born in Kazakhstan, Ahmad Yasawi ranks 1After him are Abai Qunanbaiuly (1845), Ybyrai Altynsarin (1841), Mukaghali Makatayev (1931), Alexander Volkov (1891), Sergei Lukyanenko (1968), and Alexander Kazantsev (1906).