Muawiyah I

603 - 680

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Mu'awiya I (Arabic: معاوية بن أبي سفيان, romanized: Muʿāwiya ibn Abī Sufyān; c. 597, 603 or 605–April 680) was the founder and first caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate, ruling from 661 until his death. He became caliph less than thirty years after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and immediately after the four Rashidun ('rightly-guided') caliphs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muawiyah I has received more than 2,064,495 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Muawiyah I is the 245th most popular politician (up from 311th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (up from 15th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Saudi Arabian Politician.

Muawiyah I was the first caliph of the Umayyad dynasty, which ruled from 661 to 750 CE. He is most famous for his military prowess and his expansion of the Muslim empire.

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Among politicians, Muawiyah I ranks 245 out of 19,576Before him are Şehzade Mustafa, Suleiman II, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Leonidas I, Muhammad Ali of Egypt, and Domitian. After him are Cleisthenes, Ferdinand I of Austria, António Guterres, Charles II of Spain, Louis XI of France, and Eva Perón.

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Among people born in 603, Muawiyah I ranks 1After him are Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad, Queen Seondeok of Silla, Yeon Gaesomun, Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal, and Abu al-Aswad al-Du'ali. Among people deceased in 680, Muawiyah I ranks 2Before him is Husayn ibn Ali. After him are Abbas ibn Ali, Princess Wencheng, Abdullah ibn Ja'far, Muslim ibn Aqil, Balthild of Chelles, Bhāskara I, Hilda of Whitby, and Cædmon.

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In Saudi Arabia

Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Muawiyah I ranks 14 out of 354Before him are Khalid ibn al-Walid (592), Aisha (605), Khadija bint Khuwaylid (556), Osama bin Laden (1957), Salman of Saudi Arabia (1935), and Hasan ibn Ali (624). After him are Bilal ibn Rabah (580), Aminah (557), Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703), Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (1924), Ja'far al-Sadiq (702), and Ibn Saud (1875).

Among POLITICIANS In Saudi Arabia

Among politicians born in Saudi Arabia, Muawiyah I ranks 4Before him are Umar (585), Uthman (574), and Salman of Saudi Arabia (1935). After him are Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (1924), Ibn Saud (1875), Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib (570), Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (646), Zubayr ibn al-Awam (594), Abū Lahab (549), Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (582), and Abu Sufyan ibn Harb (580).