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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 'orthodoxy,'" ""the original ahl al-hadith, early Sunni 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 85,051 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Al-Ash'ari is the 254th most popular philosopher (up from 270th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Iraq (up from 44th 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 254 out of 1,089. Before him are Nicole Oresme, Ibn al-Nafis, Julius Evola, Marsilius of Padua, Otto Weininger, and Arcesilaus. After him are Speusippus, Bias of Priene, Xenocrates, Raymond Aron, Moritz Schlick, and Bruno Bauer.

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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 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 43 out of 300. Before him are Naram-Sin of Akkad (-2254), Möngke Khan (1209), Ahmad Sanjar (1085), Shalmaneser III (-900), Suleyman Shah (1178), and Faisal II of Iraq (1935). After him are Al-Jahiz (775), Ashurnasirpal II (-1000), Tiglath-Pileser I (-1200), Al-Mutawakkil (822), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), and Al-Musta'sim (1213).

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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), Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809), Abu Yusuf (731), Diogenes of Babylon (-240), and Abu'l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī (1080).