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Al-Mas'udi (Arabic: أَبُو ٱلْحَسَن عَلِيّ ٱبْن ٱلْحُسَيْن ٱبْن عَلِيّ ٱلْمَسْعُودِيّ‎, ʾAbū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī al-Masʿūdī; c. 896–956) was an Arab historian, geographer and traveler. He is sometimes referred to as the "Herodotus of the Arabs". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Masudi has received more than 285,233 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Al-Masudi is the 285th most popular writer (up from 300th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 23rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Iraqi Writer.

Al-Masudi is most famous for his book, "The Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems," which is a history of the world from Creation to the year 947.

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  • 56

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.59

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.30

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Al-Masudi ranks 285 out of 5,794Before him are Alice Munro, Primo Levi, Anna Wintour, Michael Ende, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, and Chrétien de Troyes. After him are Marguerite Duras, Marguerite de Navarre, Eckhart Tolle, O. Henry, Arthur Miller, and Henrik Pontoppidan.

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Among people born in 896, Al-Masudi ranks 1After him are Zoltán of Hungary and Časlav. Among people deceased in 956, Al-Masudi ranks 1After him are Hugh the Great, Ordoño III of León, Theophylact of Constantinople, and Gilbert, Duke of Burgundy.

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In Iraq

Among people born in Iraq, Al-Masudi ranks 25 out of 300Before him are Belshazzar (-600), Sargon II (-750), Al-Ma'mun (786), Fuzûlî (1494), Nur ad-Din (1116), and Muhammad al-Mahdi (869). After him are Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (659), Idris (-3500), Jalal Talabani (1933), Ismail al-Jazari (1136), Ezra (-500), and Ur-Nammu (-2200).

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Among WRITERS In Iraq

Among writers born in Iraq, Al-Masudi ranks 3Before him are Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780) and Fuzûlî (1494). After him are Enheduanna (-2300), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), Berossus (-400), Ibn al-Jawzi (1116), Al-Mutanabbi (915), Ibn Khallikan (1211), Ibn al-Nadim (1000), Ibn Sirin (653), and Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi (718).