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Omar Mukhtar

1858 - 1931

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Omar al-Mukhṭār Muḥammad bin Farḥāṭ al-Manifī (Arabic: عُمَر الْمُخْتَار مُحَمَّد بِن فَرْحَات الْمَنِفِي; 20 August 1858 – 16 September 1931), called The Lion of the Desert, known among the colonial Italians as Matari of the Mnifa, was an Imam and leader of native resistance in Cyrenaica (currently Eastern Libya) under the Senussids, against the Italian colonization of Libya. A teacher-turned-general, Omar was a prominent figure of the Senussi movement and he is considered the national hero of Libya and a symbol of resistance in the Arab and Islamic worlds. Beginning in 1911, he organised and led the Libyan resistance movement against the Italian colonial empire during the First and Second Italo-Senussi Wars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Omar Mukhtar has received more than 793,208 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Omar Mukhtar is the 28th most popular social activist (up from 38th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Libya (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Libyan Social Activist.

Omar Mukhtar is most famous for his role in the Libyan resistance against the Italian invasion of Libya.

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Among social activists, Omar Mukhtar ranks 28 out of 538Before him are Charlotte Corday, Olympe de Gouges, Irena Sendler, Bertha von Suttner, Thomas Müntzer, and Emiliano Zapata. After him are Martin Niemöller, Pheidippides, Élie Ducommun, Ferdinand Lassalle, Simon Wiesenthal, and Sadako Sasaki.

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Among people born in 1858, Omar Mukhtar ranks 10Before him are Selma Lagerlöf, Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Rudolf Diesel, Georg Simmel, and Gustaf V of Sweden. After him are Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, Christiaan Eijkman, Charles de Foucauld, Franz Boas, and Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. Among people deceased in 1931, Omar Mukhtar ranks 6Before him are Thomas Edison, Gustave Le Bon, Khalil Gibran, Lili Elbe, and Anna Pavlova. After him are Otto Wallach, Geli Raubal, Arthur Schnitzler, Albert A. Michelson, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, and George Herbert Mead.

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In Libya

Among people born in Libya, Omar Mukhtar ranks 7 out of 64Before him are Eratosthenes (-276), Muammar Gaddafi (1942), Mark the Evangelist (10), Arius (256), Septimius Severus (145), and Aristippus (-434). After him are Callimachus (-310), Idris of Libya (1889), Simon of Cyrene (-100), Pope Victor I (100), Carneades (-214), and Khalifa Haftar (1943).


Among social activists born in Libya, Omar Mukhtar ranks 1