Amr ibn al-As

580 - 664

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Amr ibn al-As ibn Wa'il al-Sahmi (Arabic: عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ بْنِ وَائِل السَّهْمِي, romanized: ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ ibn Wāʾil al-Sahmī; c. 573 – 664) was an Arab commander and companion of Muhammad who led the Muslim conquest of Egypt and served as its governor in 640–646 and 658–664. The son of a wealthy Qurayshite, Amr embraced Islam in c. 629 and was assigned important roles in the nascent Muslim community by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The first caliph Abu Bakr (r. 632–634) appointed Amr as a commander of the conquest of Syria. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Amr ibn al-As has received more than 528,813 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Amr ibn al-As is the 234th most popular military personnel (down from 195th in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (down from 64th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Saudi Arabian Military Personnel.

Amr ibn al-As was a general in the Muslim army during the conquest of Egypt. He is most famous for leading the conquest of Alexandria, which was the last major city in Egypt to be conquered by the Muslims.

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Among military personnels, Amr ibn al-As ranks 234 out of 2,058Before him are Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Sun Bin, Wilhelm Mohnke, Hans von Seeckt, Gotthard Heinrici, and Tōgō Heihachirō. After him are Otto Carius, Lysander, Maurice Gamelin, Władysław Sikorski, Albert Pike, and Pausanias.

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Among people born in 580, Amr ibn al-As ranks 5Before him are Bilal ibn Rabah, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf, and Maximus the Confessor. After him are Theophylact Simocatta, Abd-Allah ibn Jahsh, Wei Zheng, Abu Darda, George of Pisidia, Saʽd ibn ʽUbadah, and Unknown Archon. Among people deceased in 664, Amr ibn al-As ranks 2Before him is Xuanzang. After him are Abe no Hirafu, Swithhelm of Essex, Eorcenberht of Kent, and Deusdedit of Canterbury.

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Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Amr ibn al-As ranks 93 out of 354Before him are Umm Kulthum bint Ali (630), Muhammad bin Qasim (695), Qasim ibn Muhammad (598), Juwayriyya bint al-Harith (608), Abu Dhar al-Ghifari (600), and Muhammad bin Saud (1710). After him are Sa'id bin Zayd (593), Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah (637), Muhammad al-Jawad (811), Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (576), Wahshi ibn Harb (700), and Usama ibn Zayd (615).


Among military personnels born in Saudi Arabia, Amr ibn al-As ranks 4Before him are Khalid ibn al-Walid (592), Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas (595), and Muhammad bin Qasim (695). After him are Usama ibn Zayd (615), Uqba ibn Nafi (622), Abdallah ibn Sa'd (650), Ikrima ibn Abi Jahl (598), Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan (null), Shurahbil ibn Hasana (583), and Abdul-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr (null).