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Moses ben Maimon (1138–1204), commonly known as Maimonides ( my-MON-i-deez) and also referred to by the acronym Rambam (Hebrew: רמב״ם‎), was a medieval Sephardic Jewish 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. Born in Córdoba, Almoravid Empire (present-day Spain) on Passover eve, 1138 (or 1135), he worked as a rabbi, physician and philosopher in Morocco and Egypt. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maimonides has received more than 2,303,432 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Maimonides is the 73rd most popular religious figure (down from 70th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Spain (down from 22nd in 2019) 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 73 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Gregory VII, Anthony the Great, Luke the Evangelist, Daniel, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Chrysostom. After him are Pope Leo XIII, Martin of Tours, Pope Paul VI, Pope Innocent III, Margaret the Virgin, and Jude the Apostle.

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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, and Conan IV, Duke of Brittany. Among people deceased in 1204, Maimonides ranks 1After him are Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isaac II Angelos, Alexios IV Angelos, Alexios V Doukas, Emeric, King of Hungary, Haakon III of Norway, Nicholas Kanabos, Ban Kulin, Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji, Guttorm of Norway, and Suleiman II.

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Among people born in Spain, Maimonides ranks 24 out of 2,595Before him are Pope Alexander VI (1431), Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503), Francisco Pizarro (1478), Joanna of Castile (1479), Catherine of Aragon (1485), and Joan Miró (1893). After him are Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452), Teresa of Ávila (1515), Saint Dominic (1170), Saint Lawrence (225), Federico García Lorca (1898), and El Cid (1045).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Maimonides ranks 3Before him are Ignatius of Loyola (1491) and Pope Alexander VI (1431). After him are Teresa of Ávila (1515), Saint Dominic (1170), Saint Lawrence (225), Francis Xavier (1506), Pope Callixtus III (1379), Tomás de Torquemada (1420), John of the Cross (1542), Antipope Benedict XIII (1328), and Vincent of Saragossa (300).