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Moses ben Maimon (1138–1204), commonly known as Maimonides ( my-MON-ih-deez) and also referred to by the Hebrew acronym Rambam (Hebrew: רמב״ם), was a Sephardic rabbi and philosopher who became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars of the Middle Ages. In his time, he was also a preeminent astronomer and physician, serving as the personal physician of Saladin. He was born and lived in Córdoba in al-Andalus (now in Spain) within the Almoravid Empire on Passover eve 1138 or 1135, until his family was expelled for refusing to convert to Islam. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maimonides has received more than 3,667,520 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Maimonides is the 91st most popular religious figure (down from 88th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Spain and the 3rd most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

Maimonides is most famous for his writings on Jewish law, such as the Mishneh Torah and the Guide for the Perplexed.

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Among religious figures, Maimonides ranks 91 out of 3,187Before him are Thomas the Apostle, Pope Leo X, Hagar, Ezekiel, Pope Pius III, and Pope Gregory VII. After him are Salome, Bilal ibn Rabah, Pope Pius X, Francis Xavier, Ambrose, and Saint Lawrence.

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Among people born in 1138, Maimonides ranks 2Before him is Saladin. After him are Tancred, King of Sicily, Abu Yaqub Yusuf, Casimir II the Just, Hōjō Tokimasa, Giraut de Bornelh, and Conan IV, Duke of Brittany. Among people deceased in 1204, Maimonides ranks 1After him are Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isaac II Angelos, Alexios V Doukas, Alexios IV Angelos, Emeric, King of Hungary, Ban Kulin, Haakon III of Norway, Nicholas Kanabos, Minamoto no Yoriie, Berthold, Duke of Merania, and Suleiman II.

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Among people born in Spain, Maimonides ranks 24 out of 3,355Before him are Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503), Francisco Pizarro (1478), Joanna of Castile (1479), Joan Miró (1893), Ibn Arabi (1165), and Charles II of Spain (1661). After him are Francis Xavier (1506), Saint Lawrence (225), Philip IV of Spain (1605), Teresa of Ávila (1515), Catherine of Aragon (1485), and Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Maimonides ranks 3Before him are Pope Alexander VI (1431), and Ignatius of Loyola (1491). After him are Francis Xavier (1506), Saint Lawrence (225), Teresa of Ávila (1515), Catherine of Aragon (1485), Saint Dominic (1170), Isidore of Seville (560), Pope Callixtus III (1379), John of the Cross (1542), and Tomás de Torquemada (1420).