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Abū Jaʿfar Hārūn ibn Muḥammad (Arabic: أبو جعفر هارون بن محمد المعتصم; 17 April 812 – 10 August 847), better known by his regnal name al-Wāthiq bi’llāh (الواثق بالله, lit. 'He who trusts in God'), was an Abbasid caliph who reigned from 842 until 847 AD (227–232 AH in the Islamic calendar). Al-Wathiq is described in the sources as well-educated, intellectually curious, but also a poet and a drinker, who enjoyed the company of poets and musicians as well as scholars. His brief reign was one of continuity with the policies of his father, al-Mu'tasim, as power continued to rest in the hands of the same officials whom al-Mu'tasim had appointed. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Wathiq has received more than 191,811 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Al-Wathiq is the 3,710th most popular politician (down from 3,161st in 2019), the 105th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (down from 93rd in 2019) and the 34th most popular Saudi Arabian Politician.

Al-Wathiq was most famous for his military victories.

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Among politicians, Al-Wathiq ranks 3,710 out of 15,577Before him are Menander I, Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine, Bayinnaung, James Brooke, Agnes of France, Byzantine Empress, and Nicholas Francis, Duke of Lorraine. After him are Erhard Heiden, Labarna I, Gabriel Narutowicz, Charles, Duke of Berry, Takahito, Prince Mikasa, and Jahan Shah.

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Among people born in 812, Al-Wathiq ranks 1After him is Domnall mac Ailpín. Among people deceased in 847, Al-Wathiq ranks 2Before him is Pope Sergius II. After him is Methodios I of Constantinople.

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In Saudi Arabia

Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Al-Wathiq ranks 105 out of 251Before him are Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (1933), Idris I of Morocco (743), Imru' al-Qais (501), Uqba ibn Nafi (622), Abdullah ibn Salam (550), and Ghazi of Iraq (1912). After him are Abbas I of Egypt (1816), Jabir ibn Abd Allah (607), Abd Manaf ibn Qusai (430), Empress Jitō (645), Ubayy ibn Ka'b (600), and Abul Kalam Azad (1888).

Among POLITICIANS In Saudi Arabia

Among politicians born in Saudi Arabia, Al-Wathiq ranks 34Before him are Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (576), Muhammad bin Saud (1710), Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1928), Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (1933), Idris I of Morocco (743), and Ghazi of Iraq (1912). After him are Abbas I of Egypt (1816), Empress Jitō (645), Abul Kalam Azad (1888), Ali of Hejaz (1879), Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz (1910), and Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (1945).