Ibn Taymiyyah

1263 - 1328

Ibn Taymiyyah

Taqī ad-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah (Arabic: تقي الدين أحمد ابن تيمية‎, January 22, 1263 - September 26, 1328), known simply Ibn Taymiyyah (ابن تيمية) for short, was a Sunni Muslim scholar, muhaddith, theologian, judge, jurisconsult, and logician, who some have argued was a philosopher, and who has been acknowledged by some as the mujaddid of the 7th century of the Islamic calendar. He is known for his diplomatic involvement with Mongol ruler Ghazan Khan and for his victorious achievement at the Battle of Marj al-Saffar (1303) which ended the Mongol invasions of the Levant. A member of the Hanbali school, Ibn Taymiyyah's iconoclastic views on widely accepted Sunni doctrines of his time such as the veneration of saints and the visitation to their tomb-shrines made him unpopular with many scholars and rulers of the time, under whose orders he was imprisoned several times.A polarising figure in his own times and in the centuries that followed, Ibn Taymiyyah has become one of the most influential medieval writers in contemporary Islam, where his particular interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah and his rejection of some aspects of classical Islamic tradition are believed to have had considerable influence on contemporary ultra-conservative ideologies such as Wahhabism, Salafism, and Jihadism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Taymiyyah has received more than 1,147,385 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 110th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Ibn Taymiyyah ranks 108 out of 1,005Before him are Theophrastus, Al-Kindi, Gilles Deleuze, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Zhu Xi, and Philo. After him are Bonaventure, Gorgias, Antisthenes, Charles Fourier, Bodhidharma, and Herbert Marcuse.

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Among people born in 1263, Ibn Taymiyyah ranks 1After him is Yolande of Dreux, Queen of Scotland. Among people deceased in 1328, Ibn Taymiyyah ranks 3Before him are Charles IV of France and Meister Eckhart. After him are Clementia of Hungary, Ragibagh Khan, Yesün Temür, Isabella of Castile, Queen of Aragon, John of Montecorvino, Galeazzo I Visconti, and Prince Hisaaki.

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Among people born in Turkey, Ibn Taymiyyah ranks 81 out of 901Before him are Hatice Sultan (1496), Valerian (200), Herostratus (-301), Honorius (384), Mahidevran (1500), and Mustafa IV (1779). After him are Osman III (1699), Constantine VII (905), İsmet İnönü (1884), Alexios I Komnenos (1048), Orhan Pamuk (1952), and Rachel (-3500).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Ibn Taymiyyah ranks 10Before him are Nasreddin (1208), Anaximander (-610), Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), and Xenophanes (-570). After him are Posidonius (-135), Chrysippus (-281), Apollonius of Tyana (15), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Proclus (412), and Michael Psellos (1018).

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