Ibn Hawqal

943 - 988

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Muḥammad Abū’l-Qāsim Ibn Ḥawqal (محمد أبو القاسم بن حوقل), also known as Abū al-Qāsim b. ʻAlī Ibn Ḥawqal al-Naṣībī, born in Nisibis, Upper Mesopotamia; was a 10th-century Arab Muslim writer, geographer, and chronicler who travelled from AD 943 to 969. His famous work, written in 977, is called Ṣūrat al-’Arḍ (صورة الارض; "The face of the Earth"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Hawqal has received more than 138,226 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Ibn Hawqal is the 825th most popular writer (down from 789th in 2019), the 289th most popular biography from Türkiye (up from 323rd in 2019) and the 17th most popular Writer.

Ibn Hawqal is most famous for his book "The Book of the Countries" which is a geographical text that describes the Islamic world.

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Over the past year Ibn Hawqal has had the most page views in the with 19,439 views, followed by Arabic (17,935), and Persian (7,742). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Indonesian (79.50%), Sicilian (76.08%), and Western Punjabi (56.57%)


Among writers, Ibn Hawqal ranks 825 out of 7,302Before him are Edgar Wallace, Ban Gu, Theodor Fontane, Ahmad Khani, Neale Donald Walsch, and Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. After him are Italo Svevo, Harry Mulisch, Laura de Noves, Venantius Fortunatus, Franz Grillparzer, and Zhang Sanfeng.

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Among people born in 943, Ibn Hawqal ranks 2Before him is Edgar the Peaceful. After him is Matilda of France. Among people deceased in 988, Ibn Hawqal ranks 1After him are Dunstan, Emma of Italy, and Dirk II, Count of Holland.

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In Türkiye

Among people born in Türkiye, Ibn Hawqal ranks 289 out of 1,347Before him are Thomas the Slav (800), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (1948), Cornelius Castoriadis (1922), Midhat Pasha (1822), Haran (null), and Ahmad Khani (1650). After him are Strato of Lampsacus (-335), Bülent Ecevit (1925), Apollinaris of Ravenna (101), Latife Uşşaki (1898), Erasmus of Formia (300), and Aziz Nesin (1915).

Among WRITERS In Türkiye

Among writers born in Türkiye, Ibn Hawqal ranks 17Before him are Aratus (-315), Theodore the Studite (759), André Chénier (1762), Novatian (220), Dio Chrysostom (40), and Ahmad Khani (1650). After him are Aziz Nesin (1915), Theodoret (393), Bar Hebraeus (1226), Mimnermus (-670), John Malalas (491), and Zenodotus (-330).