Mukhtar al-Thaqafi

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Al-Mukhtar ibn Abi Ubayd al-Thaqafi (Arabic: الْمُخْتَار ٱبْن أَبِي عُبَيْد الثَّقَفِيّ, romanized: al-Mukhtār ibn Abī ʿUbayd al-Thaqafī; c. 622 – 3 April 687) was a pro-Alid revolutionary based in Kufa, who led a rebellion against the Umayyad Caliphate in 685 and ruled over most of Iraq for eighteen months during the Second Fitna. Born in Ta'if, Mukhtar moved to Iraq at a young age and grew up in Kufa. Following the death of Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, at the hands of the Umayyad army in the Battle of Karbala in 680, he allied with the rival caliph Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr in Mecca, but the alliance was short-lived. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mukhtar al-Thaqafi has received more than 1,055,181 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Mukhtar al-Thaqafi is the 63rd most popular social activist (down from 55th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (down from 69th in 2019) and the most popular Saudi Arabian Social Activist.

Mukhtar al-Thaqafi is most famous for his revolt against the Umayyad caliphate in the year 735.

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Among social activists, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi ranks 63 out of 840Before him are Túpac Amaru II, Babak Khorramdin, Stenka Razin, Alexei Navalny, Mustafa Barzani, and Thích Quảng Đức. After him are José Rizal, Witold Pilecki, Camilo Cienfuegos, Beatrice Cenci, Bhagat Singh, and Jenny von Westphalen.

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Among people born in 622, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi ranks 1After him are Uqba ibn Nafi, Tulga, and Mizizios. Among people deceased in 687, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi ranks 2Before him is Pope Conon. After him are Erwig, and Cuthbert.

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In Saudi Arabia

Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi ranks 82 out of 354Before him are Mus‘ab ibn 'Umair (680), Abbas ibn Ali (647), Ibrahim ibn Muhammad (630), Ja'far ibn Abi Talib (589), Hind bint Utbah (510), and Zayd ibn Thabit (615). After him are Ali al-Hadi (829), Abdullah ibn Muhammad (600), Zayd ibn Ali (695), Muadh ibn Jabal (600), Umm Kulthum bint Ali (630), and Muhammad bin Qasim (695).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In Saudi Arabia

Among social activists born in Saudi Arabia, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi ranks 1After him are Nimr al-Nimr (1959), Manal al-Sharif (1979), Loujain al-Hathloul (1989), and Samar Badawi (1981).