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Abu Yūsuf Yaʻqūb ibn ʼIsḥāq aṣ-Ṣabbāḥ al-Kindī (; Arabic: أبو يوسف يعقوب بن إسحاق الصبّاح الكندي‎; Latin: Alkindus; c. 801–873 AD) was an Arab Muslim philosopher, polymath, mathematician, physician and musician. Al-Kindi was the first of the Islamic peripatetic philosophers, and is hailed as the "father of Arab philosophy".Al-Kindi was born in Kufa and educated in Baghdad. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Kindi has received more than 947,233 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Al-Kindi is the 96th most popular philosopher (up from 102nd in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Iraq and the most popular Iraqi Philosopher.

Al-Kindi is most famous for his contributions to mathematics, physics, and philosophy. He was the first to introduce Aristotle's work to the Islamic world.

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Among philosophers, Al-Kindi ranks 96 out of 1,089Before him are Friedrich Fröbel, John of Damascus, Jacques Derrida, Gorgias, Isidore of Seville, and Athanasius of Alexandria. After him are Zhuang Zhou, Gregory of Nazianzus, Roland Barthes, Philo, Theophrastus, and Wilhelm von Humboldt.

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Among people born in 801, Al-Kindi ranks 1After him are Ansgar, Ya'qubi, Huang Chao, Malcolm I of Scotland, Constantine II of Scotland, Zoe Zaoutzaina, Leo Phokas the Elder, Enravota, Grímur Kamban, and Theodora. Among people deceased in 866, Al-Kindi ranks 1After him are Robert the Strong, Linji Yixuan, Bardas, Ordoño I of Asturias, Liudolf, Duke of Saxony, Al-Musta'in, Charles the Child, and Eberhard of Friuli.

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Among people born in Iraq, Al-Kindi ranks 11 out of 300Before him are Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Ibn al-Haytham (965), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), and Mani (216). After him are Ashurbanipal (-685), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Rabia of Basra (710), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), and Zaha Hadid (1950).

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Among philosophers born in Iraq, Al-Kindi ranks 1After him are Al-Ash'ari (873), Al-Jahiz (775), Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809), Abu Yusuf (731), Diogenes of Babylon (-240), and Abu'l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī (1080).