873 - 936


Al-Ashʿarī (الأشعري; full name: Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Ismāʿīl ibn Isḥāq al-Ashʿarī; c. 874–936 (AH 260–324), reverentially Imām al-Ashʿarī) was an Arab Sunni Muslim scholastic theologian and eponymous founder of Ashʿarism or Asharite theology, which would go on to become "the most important theological school in Sunni Islam".According to scholar Jonathan A.C. Brown, although "the Ash'ari school of theology is often called the Sunni Sufi 'orthodoxy,'" "the original ahl al-hadith, early Sufi creed from which Ash'arism evolved has continued to thrive alongside it as a rival Sunni 'orthodoxy' as well." According to Brown this competing orthodoxy exists in the form of the "Hanbali über-Sunni orthodoxy".Al-Ashʿarī was notable for taking an intermediary position between the two diametrically opposed schools of theological thought prevalent at the time. He opposed both the Muʿtazilites, who advocated the extreme use of reason 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 58,761 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 273rd most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Al-Ash'ari ranks 271 out of 1,005Before him are Arcesilaus, Carneades, Adam of Bremen, Vyasa, Gemistus Pletho, and Jerome of Prague. After him are Giorgio Agamben, Euclid of Megara, Justus Lipsius, Roger Garaudy, Abraham ibn Ezra, and Vladimir Solovyov.

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Among people born in 873, Al-Ash'ari ranks 1After him are Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah and Ordoño II of León. Among people deceased in 936, Al-Ash'ari ranks 4Before him are Henry the Fowler, Pope John XI, and Rudolph of France. After him is Boso, Margrave of Tuscany.

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Among people born in Iraq, Al-Ash'ari ranks 44 out of 262Before him are Naram-Sin of Akkad (-2254), Gudea (-2200), Ezra (-500), Suleyman Shah (1178), Al-Musta'sim (1213), and Shalmaneser III (-900). After him are Al-Nasir (1158), Al-Mu'tasim (796), Ashurnasirpal II (-1000), Al-Jahiz (775), Faisal II of Iraq (1935), and Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem (1105).

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