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Abū Isḥāq Muḥammad ibn Hārūn al-Rashīd (Arabic: أبو إسحاق محمد بن هارون الرشيد‎; October 796 – 5 January 842), better known by his regnal name Al-Muʿtaṣim biʾllāh (المعتصم بالله, "he who seeks refuge in God"), was the eighth Abbasid caliph, ruling from 833 until his death in 842. A younger son of Caliph Harun al-Rashid, he rose to prominence through his formation of a private army composed predominantly of Turkic slave-soldiers (ghilmān). This proved useful to his half-brother, Caliph al-Ma'mun, who employed al-Mu'tasim and his Turkish guard to counterbalance other powerful interest groups in the state, as well as employing them in campaigns against rebels and the Byzantine Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Mu'tasim has received more than 382,979 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Al-Mu'tasim is the 1,376th most popular politician (up from 1,907th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 46th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Al-mu'tasim was the second Abbasid caliph, and is most famous for his military campaigns against the Byzantine Empire.

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Among politicians, Al-Mu'tasim ranks 1,376 out of 15,710Before him are Zbigniew Brzezinski, Algirdas, Warren G. Harding, Philoctetes, Olaf II of Denmark, and Teti. After him are Ludwig I of Bavaria, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Abijah of Judah, Carloman II, Ramiz Alia, and Christopher of Bavaria.

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Among people born in 796, Al-Mu'tasim ranks 1After him are Lü Dongbin and Dhul-Nun al-Misri. Among people deceased in 842, Al-Mu'tasim ranks 2Before him is Theophilos. After him are Alfonso II of Asturias, Emperor Saga, Langdarma, and Liu Yuxi.

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Among people born in Iraq, Al-Mu'tasim ranks 34 out of 300Before him are Jalal Talabani (1933), Ismail al-Jazari (1136), Ezra (-500), Ur-Nammu (-2200), Gudea (-2200), and Khosrow II (570). After him are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (1971), Enheduanna (-2300), Naram-Sin of Akkad (-2254), Möngke Khan (1209), Ahmad Sanjar (1085), and Shalmaneser III (-900).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Al-Mu'tasim ranks 17Before him are Al-Ma'mun (786), Nur ad-Din (1116), Jalal Talabani (1933), Ur-Nammu (-2200), Gudea (-2200), and Khosrow II (570). After 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).