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Abū ʿUthman ʿAmr ibn Baḥr al-Kinānī al-Baṣrī (Arabic: أبو عثمان عمرو بن بحر الكناني البصري‎), commonly known as al-Jāḥiẓ (Arabic: الجاحظ‎, The Bug Eyed, born 776; died December 868/January 869) was an Arab prose writer and author of works of literature, Mu'tazili theology, and politico-religious polemics.Ibn al-Nadim lists nearly 140 titles attributed to Al-Jahiz, of which 75 are extant. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Jahiz has received more than 331,259 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Al-Jahiz is the 262nd most popular philosopher (up from 280th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 48th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Iraqi Philosopher.

Al-Jahiz is most famous for his book, "The Book of Animals" which is a work of natural history and zoology.

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Among philosophers, Al-Jahiz ranks 262 out of 1,089Before him are Bias of Priene, Xenocrates, Raymond Aron, Moritz Schlick, Bruno Bauer, and Roger Garaudy. After him are Shen Kuo, Priscus, Alain Badiou, Gemistus Pletho, Vladimir Solovyov, and Hugh of Saint Victor.

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Among people born in 775, Al-Jahiz ranks 3Before him are Pope Paschal I and Leo V the Armenian. After him are Staurakios and Rotrude. Among people deceased in 868, Al-Jahiz ranks 1After him are Ali al-Hadi and Ratramnus.

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Among people born in Iraq, Al-Jahiz ranks 44 out of 300Before him are Möngke Khan (1209), Ahmad Sanjar (1085), Shalmaneser III (-900), Suleyman Shah (1178), Faisal II of Iraq (1935), and Al-Ash'ari (873). After him are Ashurnasirpal II (-1000), Tiglath-Pileser I (-1200), Al-Mutawakkil (822), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), Al-Musta'sim (1213), and Šuppiluliuma I (-1344).

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Among philosophers born in Iraq, Al-Jahiz ranks 3Before him are Al-Kindi (801) and Al-Ash'ari (873). After him are Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809), Abu Yusuf (731), Diogenes of Babylon (-240), and Abu'l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī (1080).