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Ali-Shir Nava'i

1441 - 1501

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'Ali-Shir Nava'i (9 February 1441 – 3 January 1501), also known as Nizām-al-Din ʿAli-Shir Herawī (Chagatai: نظام الدین علی شیر نوایی, Persian: نظام‌الدین علی‌شیر نوایی) was a Timurid poet, writer, statesman, linguist, Hanafi Maturidi mystic and painter who was the greatest representative of Chagatai literature.Nava'i believed that his native Chagatai Turkic language was superior to Persian for literary purposes, an uncommon view at the time and defended this belief in his work titled Muhakamat al-Lughatayn (The Comparison of the Two Languages). He emphasized his belief in the richness, precision and malleability of Turkic vocabulary as opposed to Persian.Because of his distinguished Chagatai language poetry, Nava'i is considered by many throughout the Turkic-speaking world to be the founder of early Turkic literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ali-Shir Nava'i has received more than 225,814 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Ali-Shir Nava'i is the 331st most popular writer (down from 261st in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Afghanistan (down from 3rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Afghan Writer.

Ali-shir nava'i is most famous for his poem "The Book of Kings" which is a retelling of the story of Rustam and Sohrab from the Shahnameh.

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Among writers, Ali-Shir Nava'i ranks 331 out of 5,755Before him are Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Graham Greene, Elfriede Jelinek, Arthur Miller, André Malraux, and Mikhail Lermontov. After him are Michael Ende, Pierre Beaumarchais, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Louise Glück, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Gao Xingjian.

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Among people born in 1441, Ali-Shir Nava'i ranks 1After him are Danjong of Joseon, Charlotte of Savoy, Ernest, Elector of Saxony, Topa Inca Yupanqui, Martín Alonso Pinzón, Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghuri, Federico I Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Matteo Maria Boiardo, Antonio de Nebrija, and Francisco de Borja. Among people deceased in 1501, Ali-Shir Nava'i ranks 1After him are John I Albert, Agostino Barbarigo, Gaspar Corte-Real, Mesih Pasha, Sigismund, Duke of Bavaria, Konstantin Mihailović, Constantine Lascaris, and Margaret of Thuringia.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Ali-Shir Nava'i ranks 11 out of 145Before him are Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), Hafizullah Amin (1929), Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909), and Alauddin Khalji (1266). After him are Amanullah Khan (1892), Abu Dawood (817), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī (1837), Mohammed Omar (1962), and Babrak Karmal (1929).

Among WRITERS In Afghanistan

Among writers born in Afghanistan, Ali-Shir Nava'i ranks 2Before him are Rumi (1207). After him are Khaled Hosseini (1965), Sanai (1080), Rabia Balkhi (1000), Gulbadan Begum (1523), Unsuri (980), Farrukhi Sistani (980), Atiq Rahimi (1962), Nadia Anjuman (1981), Niloofar Rahmani (1992), and Fatima Bhutto (1982).