Ismail I

1487 - 1524

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Ismail I (Persian: اسماعیل, romanized: Esmāʿīl, pronounced [esmɒːʔiːl]; July 17, 1487 – May 23, 1524), also known as Shah Ismail I (شاه اسماعیل), was the founder of the Safavid dynasty of Iran, ruling as its King of Kings (shahanshah) from 1501 to 1524. The rule of Ismail is one of the most vital in the history of Iran. Before his accession in 1501, Iran, since its conquest by the Arabs eight-and-a-half centuries earlier, had not existed as a unified country under native Iranian rule, but had been controlled by a series of Arab caliphs, Turkic sultans, and Mongol khans. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ismail I has received more than 963,683 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Ismail I is the 117th most popular writer (up from 137th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Iran (up from 15th in 2019) and the most popular Iranian Writer.

Ibn Ismail is most famous for his work on the "Treatise on the Astrolabe" and the "Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology". The "Treatise on the Astrolabe" is a mathematical text that explains how to use an astrolabe, a type of ancient astronomical instrument. The "Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology" is a text that explains how to use an astrolabe to predict future events.

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Among writers, Ismail I ranks 117 out of 5,794Before him are François Villon, Nicolas Flamel, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Anatole France, and Alexandre Dumas fils. After him are Jean Cocteau, Henry David Thoreau, Jean de La Fontaine, Hafez, Federico García Lorca, and Plautus.

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Among people born in 1487, Ismail I ranks 1After him are Pope Julius III, John Zápolya, Bernard van Orley, Pedro de Mendoza, Michael Stifel, Anna of Brandenburg, Petru Rareș, Fray Tomás de Berlanga, Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg, Cristóbal de Olid, and Giovanni da Udine. Among people deceased in 1524, Ismail I ranks 2Before him is Vasco da Gama. After him are Claude of France, Giulia Farnese, Salaì, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Joachim Patinir, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, Andrea Solari, Marko Marulić, Hans Holbein the Elder, and Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Ismail I ranks 11 out of 463Before him are Darius III (-380), Ruhollah Khomeini (1902), Cyrus the Great (-600), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919), Harun al-Rashid (766), and Esther (-600). After him are Jabir ibn Hayyan (721), Hafez (1325), Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (865), Hassan-i Sabbah (1050), Ulugh Beg (1394), and Ali Khamenei (1939).

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Among WRITERS In Iran

Among writers born in Iran, Ismail I ranks 1After him are Hafez (1325), Ferdowsi (940), Abu Nuwas (762), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), Saadi Shirazi (1210), Doris Lessing (1919), Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201), Shams Tabrizi (1185), Attar of Nishapur (1145), Ali Shariati (1933), and Magtymguly Pyragy (1733).