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Mazdak (Persian: مزدک, Middle Persian: 𐭬𐭦𐭣𐭪, also Mazdak the Younger; died c. 524 or 528) was a Zoroastrian mobad (priest), Iranian reformer, prophet and religious reformer who gained influence during the reign of the Sasanian emperor Kavadh I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mazdak has received more than 590,853 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Mazdak is the 286th most popular philosopher (up from 325th in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from Iran (up from 101st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Iranian Philosopher.

Mazdak is most famous for his belief that all people should share equally in the wealth of the earth.

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Among philosophers, Mazdak ranks 286 out of 1,267Before him are Celsus, Cleobulus, François Fénelon, Synesius, Bruno Bauer, and Bruno Latour. After him are Paramahansa Yogananda, G. E. Moore, Francisco Suárez, Johann Reuchlin, Crates of Thebes, and Roscellinus.

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Among people born in 450, Mazdak ranks 4Before him are Justin I, Pope Hormisdas, and Pope Anastasius II. After him are Huneric, Gunthamund, Eraric, Ildibad, Emperor Kenzō, Thrasamund, Emperor Keitai, and Aegidius. Among people deceased in 529, Mazdak ranks 1After him is Theodosius the Cenobiarch.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Mazdak ranks 91 out of 631Before him are Ali al-Sistani (1930), Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1149), Ahmad Shah Qajar (1898), Ebrahim Raisi (1960), Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (1831), and Barkiyaruq (1081). After him are Mohammad Khodabanda (1531), Bahram V (406), Abu Sa'id Bahadur Khan (1305), Mohammad-Ali Rajai (1933), Atossa (-550), and Sogdianus of Persia (-500).

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Among philosophers born in Iran, Mazdak ranks 7Before him are Al-Ghazali (1058), Al-Tabari (839), Bodhidharma (483), Bayazid Bastami (804), Miskawayh (932), and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1149). After him are Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi (1155), Haji Bektash Veli (1209), Mulla Sadra (1571), Al-Baydawi (1201), Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai (1892), and Al-Taftazani (1322).