Bayazid Bastami

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Abū Yazīd Ṭayfūr bin ʿĪsā bin Surūshān al-Bisṭāmī (al-Basṭāmī) (d. 261/874–5 or 234/848–9), commonly known in the Iranian world as Bāyazīd Bisṭāmī (Persian: بایزید بسطامی), was a Persian Sufi from north-central Iran. Known to future Sufis as Sultān-ul-Ārifīn ("King of the Gnostics"), Bisṭāmī is considered to be one of the expositors of the state of fanā, the notion of dying in mystical union with Allah. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bayazid Bastami has received more than 559,557 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Bayazid Bastami is the 222nd most popular philosopher (up from 225th in 2019), the 72nd most popular biography from Iran (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Iranian Philosopher.

Bayazid Bastami is most famous for the following verse: "I am the Truth, and the Truth is I." Bayazid Bastami was a Sufi mystic who lived in the 11th century. He is most famous for his verse which says that he is the truth and the truth is he.

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Among philosophers, Bayazid Bastami ranks 222 out of 1,267Before him are Miguel de Unamuno, Imre Lakatos, George Herbert Mead, Julius Evola, Josef Breuer, and Cratylus. After him are Nikolai Berdyaev, Marsilius of Padua, Paul Feyerabend, Vyasa, Benjamin Constant, and Al-Jahiz.

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Among people born in 804, Bayazid Bastami ranks 1After him are Ermengarde of Tours, and Fujiwara no Yoshifusa. Among people deceased in 874, Bayazid Bastami ranks 2Before him is Hasan al-Askari. After him are Antipope John VIII, Habash al-Hasib al-Marwazi, Girart de Roussillon, Salomon, King of Brittany, Gisela, daughter of Louis the Pious, Unruoch III of Friuli, and Yahya ibn Yahya.

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Among people born in Iran, Bayazid Bastami ranks 72 out of 631Before him are Abbas Kiarostami (1940), Ibn Majah (824), Achaemenes (-800), Öljaitü (1280), Shapur II (309), and Babak Khorramdin (798). After him are Abolhassan Banisadr (1933), Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742), Xerxes II of Persia (-500), Miskawayh (932), Gaykhatu (1300), and Ismail II (1533).

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Among philosophers born in Iran, Bayazid Bastami ranks 4Before him are Al-Ghazali (1058), Al-Tabari (839), and Bodhidharma (483). After him are Miskawayh (932), Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1149), Mazdak (450), Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi (1155), Haji Bektash Veli (1209), Mulla Sadra (1571), Al-Baydawi (1201), and Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai (1892).