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Ibn Khordadbeh

820 - 912

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Abu'l-Qasim Ubaydallah ibn Abdallah ibn Khordadbeh (Arabic: ابوالقاسم عبیدالله ابن خرداذبه; 820/825–913), commonly known as Ibn Khordadbeh (also spelled Ibn Khurradadhbih; ابن خرددة), was a high-ranking bureaucrat and geographer of Persian descent in the Abbasid Caliphate. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Khordadbeh has received more than 140,291 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Ibn Khordadbeh is the 15th most popular geographer (up from 16th in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from Iran and the most popular Iranian Geographer.

Ibn Khordadbeh is famous for his writings on the political and cultural geography of the Islamic world, particularly his work "The Book of Roads and Provinces," which provided detailed descriptions of the major trade routes and administrative regions of the Abbasid Caliphate. Ibn Khordadbeh's work was highly influential in shaping our understanding of the economic and political structures of the Islamic world during the medieval period, and his maps and descriptions were used by later geographers and explorers for centuries after his death.

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Among geographers, Ibn Khordadbeh ranks 15 out of 67Before him are George Everest, Abraham Ortelius, Martin Waldseemüller, Ferdinand von Richthofen, Wladimir Köppen, and Paul Vidal de La Blache. After him are Pomponius Mela, Ya'qubi, Ziryab, David Harvey, Ibn Jubayr, and Élisée Reclus.

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Among people born in 820, Ibn Khordadbeh ranks 4Before him are Pope John VIII, Rastislav of Moravia, and Álmos. After him are Ashot I of Armenia, Vímara Peres, Gisela, daughter of Louis the Pious, Presian I of Bulgaria, Anandavardhana, Ranulf I of Aquitaine, Adalbert I, Margrave of Tuscany, and Rhodri the Great. Among people deceased in 912, Ibn Khordadbeh ranks 3Before him are Oleg of Novgorod and Leo VI the Wise. After him are Otto I, Duke of Saxony, Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, Zhu Wen, Rudolph I of Burgundy, Notker the Stammerer, Smbat I of Armenia, and Ahmad ibn Yusuf.

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Among people born in Iran, Ibn Khordadbeh ranks 83 out of 528Before him are Moshe Katsav (1945), Mohammad Khodabanda (1531), Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934), Fath-Ali Shah Qajar (1772), Öljaitü (1280), and Psamtik III (-590). After him are Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1149), Ali al-Sistani (1930), Mohammad Khatami (1943), Miskawayh (932), Piruz Nahavandi (700), and Bahram V (406).

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