Mohammed Zahir Shah

1914 - 2007

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Haji Mohammed Zahir Shah (15 October 1914 – 23 July 2007) was the last King of Afghanistan, reigning from 8 November 1933 until he was deposed on 17 July 1973. He expanded Afghanistan's diplomatic relations with many countries, including with both Cold War sides. In the 1950s, Zahir Shah began modernizing the country, culminating in the creation of a new constitution and a constitutional monarchy system. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mohammed Zahir Shah has received more than 899,021 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Mohammed Zahir Shah is the 1,364th most popular politician (up from 1,700th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Afghanistan (up from 12th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Afghan Politician.

Mohammed Zahir Shah was the last king of Afghanistan, ruling from 1933 to 1973. He was overthrown in a coup led by his cousin, Mohammed Daoud Khan.

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Among politicians, Mohammed Zahir Shah ranks 1,364 out of 15,710Before him are Jungjong of Joseon, Pelagius of Asturias, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Randal Cremer, Yuan Shao, and Stephen V of Hungary. After him are Alexei Rykov, Franklin Pierce, William McKinley, Ernst Thälmann, Ladislaus IV of Hungary, and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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Among people born in 1914, Mohammed Zahir Shah ranks 13Before him are Tenzing Norgay, Romain Gary, Michael Wittmann, Jiang Qing, Julio Cortázar, and William S. Burroughs. After him are Alec Guinness, Octavio Paz, Richard Widmark, Tyrone Power, Bohumil Hrabal, and Lída Baarová. Among people deceased in 2007, Mohammed Zahir Shah ranks 11Before him are Kurt Waldheim, Jean Baudrillard, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlo Ponti, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Kurt Vonnegut. After him are Marcel Marceau, Paul Tibbets, Sidney Sheldon, Maurice Béjart, Albert Ellis, and Deborah Kerr.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah ranks 9 out of 108Before him are Ali-Shir Nava'i (1441), Hamid Karzai (1957), Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī (1837), Jami (1414), Abu Dawood (817), and Humayun (1508). After him are Hafizullah Amin (1929), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909), and Babrak Karmal (1929).

Among POLITICIANS In Afghanistan

Among politicians born in Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah ranks 4Before him are Abbas the Great (1571), Hamid Karzai (1957), and Humayun (1508). After him are Hafizullah Amin (1929), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909), Babrak Karmal (1929), Nur Muhammad Taraki (1917), and Amanullah Khan (1892).