Idris of Libya

1889 - 1983

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Muhammad Idris bin Muhammad al-Mahdi as-Senussi (Arabic: إدريس, romanized: Idrīs; 13 March 1890 – 25 May 1983) was a Libyan political and religious leader who was King of Libya from 24 December 1951 until his ouster in the 1 September 1969 coup d'état. He ruled over the United Kingdom of Libya from 1951 to 1963, after which the country became known as simply the Kingdom of Libya. Idris had served as Emir of Cyrenaica and Tripolitania from the 1920s until 1951. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Idris of Libya has received more than 1,178,687 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Idris of Libya is the 1,216th most popular politician (down from 1,115th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Libya (down from 9th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Libyan Politician.

Idris of Libya was most famous for being the King of Libya from 1951 to 1969. He was overthrown in a coup in 1969 and died in exile in Egypt in 1983.

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Among politicians, Idris of Libya ranks 1,216 out of 19,576Before him are Kim Jong-un, Ilse Koch, Gustav Stresemann, Thomas Sankara, Æthelred I, King of Wessex, and Al-Walid I. After him are Agrippina the Elder, Nestor, Jianwen Emperor, Albert Lebrun, Sunjong of Korea, and Musaylimah.

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Among people born in 1889, Idris of Libya ranks 16Before him are Ante Pavelić, Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Vaslav Nijinsky, Manuel II of Portugal, and Igor Sikorsky. After him are Gabriel Marcel, Gabriela Mistral, Carl von Ossietzky, Louise Mountbatten, Otto Frank, and Han van Meegeren. Among people deceased in 1983, Idris of Libya ranks 8Before him are Joan Miró, Garrincha, Leopold III of Belgium, Luis Buñuel, Umberto II of Italy, and Hergé. After him are Jon Brower Minnoch, Felix Bloch, Tennessee Williams, Meyer Lansky, Arthur Koestler, and Albert Claude.

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Among people born in Libya, Idris of Libya ranks 10 out of 76Before him are Septimius Severus (145), Arius (256), Aristippus (-434), Omar Mukhtar (1858), Simon of Cyrene (-100), and Callimachus (-310). After him are Pope Victor I (100), Khalifa Haftar (1943), Carneades (-214), Synesius (370), Berenice II of Egypt (-267), and Theodorus the Atheist (-340).


Among politicians born in Libya, Idris of Libya ranks 4Before him are Muammar Gaddafi (1942), Septimius Severus (145), and Simon of Cyrene (-100). After him are Abdul Ati al-Obeidi (1939), Fayez al-Sarraj (1960), Pedubast I (-900), Baghdadi Mahmudi (1945), Ptolemy Apion (-101), Gaius Fulvius Plautianus (150), Mustafa Abdul Jalil (1952), and Aguila Saleh Issa (1944).