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Abu Hasan al-Ash'ari (Arabic: أَبُو ٱلْحَسَن ٱلْأَشْعَرِيّ, romanized: Abū al-Ḥasan al-Ashʿarī; 874–936 CE) was a Sunni Muslim scholar, jurist of the Shafi'i school, exegete, reformer, and scholastic theologian known for being the eponymous founder of the Ash'ari school of Islamic theology. Al-Ash'ari was notable for taking an intermediary position between the two diametrically opposed schools of Islamic theology prevalent at the time: Atharism and Mu'tazilism. He primarily opposed the Mu'tazili theologians who advocated the use of rationalism in theological debate and believed the Quran was created, as opposed to uncreated. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Ash'ari has received more than 180,294 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Al-Ash'ari is the 171st most popular philosopher (up from 203rd in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Iraq (up from 40th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Iraqi Philosopher.

Al-Ash'ari is most famous for his belief that the Qur'an was created, not eternal.

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Among philosophers, Al-Ash'ari ranks 171 out of 1,267Before him are Jean Buridan, Jean Baudrillard, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Max Horkheimer, Cesare Beccaria, and Athanasius Kircher. After him are Mikhail Bakhtin, Claude Adrien Helvétius, Xun Kuang, Ernest Renan, Proclus, and Karl Kautsky.

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Among people born in 873, Al-Ash'ari ranks 1After him are Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah, Al-Tabarani, and Ordoño II of León. Among people deceased in 936, Al-Ash'ari ranks 3Before him are Henry the Fowler, and Pope John XI. After him are Rudolph of France, and Boso, Margrave of Tuscany.

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Among people born in Iraq, Al-Ash'ari ranks 31 out of 384Before him are Fuzûlî (1494), Al-Ma'mun (786), Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), Jalal Talabani (1933), Ismail al-Jazari (1136), and Belshazzar (-600). After him are Gudea (-2200), Möngke Khan (1209), Al-Mu'tasim (796), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), Enheduanna (-2300), and Eber (-2038).

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Among philosophers born in Iraq, Al-Ash'ari ranks 2Before him are Al-Kindi (801). After him are Al-Jahiz (775), Abu Yusuf (731), Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809), Diogenes of Babylon (-240), Abu'l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī (1080), Abu Sulayman Sijistani (932), Ibn Abi'l-Hadid (1190), and Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi (1863).