Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī

1547 - 1621

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Bahāʾ al‐Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn al‐ʿĀmilī (also known as Sheikh Baha'i, Persian: شیخ بهایی‎) (18 February 1547 – 1 September 1621) was an Arab Iranian Shia Islamic scholar, philosopher, architect, mathematician, astronomer and poet who lived in the late 16th and early 17th centuries in Safavid Iran. He was born in Baalbek, Ottoman Syria (present-day Lebanon) but immigrated in his childhood to Safavid Iran with the rest of his family. He was one of the earliest astronomers in the Islamic world to suggest the possibility of the Earth's movement prior to the spread of the Copernican theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī has received more than 196,166 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī is the 664th most popular philosopher (up from 721st in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Lebanon (down from 44th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Lebanese Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī ranks 664 out of 1,089Before him are Musaeus of Athens, Julien Benda, Florian Znaniecki, Jean Hyppolite, Giles of Rome, and Gilbert de la Porrée. After him are Olaf Stapledon, Friedrich Pollock, Aristo of Chios, Philo of Larissa, Abu'l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī, and Nausiphanes.

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Among people born in 1547, Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī ranks 10Before him are Justus Lipsius, Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Stanisław Żółkiewski, Oichi, and Sanada Masayuki. After him are Mateo Alemán, Rudolph Goclenius, Philipp Ludwig, Count Palatine of Neuburg, George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Jurij Dalmatin, and Nicholas Hilliard. Among people deceased in 1621, Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī ranks 17Before him are Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, Johann Arndt, Antoine de Montchrestien, Ambrosius Bosschaert, Catherine Stenbock, and Jan Jesenius. After him are Ottavio Rinuccini, John Berchmans, Anna Juliana Gonzaga, Hendrick de Keyser, Pietro Aldobrandini, and Dirk Hartog.

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Among people born in Lebanon, Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī ranks 48 out of 119Before him are Elias Hrawi (1926), Serj Tankian (1967), Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir (1920), Jurji Zaydan (1861), Maximus of Tyre (200), and Sabah (1927). After him are Nimatullah Kassab (1808), René Moawad (1925), Nicolas Hayek (1928), Walid Jumblatt (1949), Fuad Chehab (1902), and Fakhr al-Din II (1572).


Among philosophers born in Lebanon, Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī ranks 4Before him are Porphyry (233), Zeno of Sidon (-150), and Maximus of Tyre (200). After him are Antoun Saadeh (1904).