Maria al-Qibtiyya

600 - 637

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Māriyya bint Shamʿūn (Arabic: ماریة بنت شمعون), better known as Māriyya al-Qibṭiyya or al-Qubṭiyya (Arabic: مارية القبطية), or Mary the Copt, died 637, was an Egyptian woman who, along with her sister Sirin, was sent to the Islamic prophet Muhammad in 628 as a gift by Muqawqis, a Christian governor of Alexandria, during the territory's Persian occupation. She and her sister were slaves. She spent the rest of her life in Medina where she converted to Islam and lived with Muhammad where she bore a son, Ibrahim. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria al-Qibtiyya has received more than 1,214,621 page views. Her biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Maria al-Qibtiyya is the 574th most popular religious figure (up from 621st in 2019), the 110th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 120th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Religious Figure.

Maria al-Qibtiyya was a slave who became the mistress of the Muslim caliph, Harun al-Rashid. She is most famous for her poetry.

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Among religious figures, Maria al-Qibtiyya ranks 574 out of 2,238Before her are Junayd of Baghdad, Antipope Alexander V, Pope Felix IV, Francis of Paola, Muhammad al-Jawad, and Ruqayyah bint Muhammad. After her are Saint Casimir, Zayd ibn Thabit, Pope Eusebius, Pope Vigilius, Fatima al-Fihri, and Ali al-Hadi.

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Among people born in 600, Maria al-Qibtiyya ranks 13Before her are Abraha, Musaylimah, Zainab bint Muhammad, Abdullah ibn Masud, Bahira, and Muadh ibn Jabal. After her are Pope Severinus, Pope Theodore I, Abu Dhar al-Ghifari, Rayhana bint Zayd, Bahram Chobin, and Shahrbaraz. Among people deceased in 637, Maria al-Qibtiyya ranks 1

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Among people born in Egypt, Maria al-Qibtiyya ranks 110 out of 582Before her are Mohamed ElBaradei (1942), Isma'il Pasha (1830), Cleopatra V of Egypt (-100), Al-Suyuti (1445), Georges Moustaki (1934), and Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (1372). After her are Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (1935), Al-Kamil (1177), Seqenenre Tao (-1600), Sekhemkhet (-2800), Alexander Helios (-40), and Macarius of Egypt (300).


Among religious figures born in Egypt, Maria al-Qibtiyya ranks 17Before her are Pachomius the Great (292), Saint Menas (285), Saint Sarah (100), Mary of Egypt (344), Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926), and Al-Suyuti (1445). After her are Macarius of Egypt (300), Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923), Antipope Dioscorus (500), Basilides (117), Nahshon (null), and Didymus the Blind (313).