Rabban Bar Sauma

1220 - 1294

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Rabban Bar Ṣawma (Syriac language: ܪܒܢ ܒܪ ܨܘܡܐ, [rɑbbɑn bɑrsˤɑwma]; c. 1220 – January 1294), also known as Rabban Ṣawma or Rabban Çauma (simplified Chinese: 拉班·扫马; traditional Chinese: 拉賓掃務瑪; pinyin: lābīn sǎowùmǎ), was a Turkic Chinese (Uyghur or possibly Ongud) monk turned diplomat of the "Nestorian" Church of the East in China. He is known for embarking on a pilgrimage from the Yuan dynasty to Jerusalem with one of his students, Rabban Markos. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rabban Bar Sauma has received more than 200,391 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Rabban Bar Sauma is the 1,152nd most popular religious figure (up from 1,232nd in 2019), the 471st most popular biography from China (up from 486th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Chinese Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Rabban Bar Sauma ranks 1,152 out of 2,272Before him are Pietro I Orseolo, Urbain Grandier, Henri Estienne, Emil Krebs, Gregory V of Constantinople, and Fermin. After him are Reginald Lee, Antipope Theodore, Elizabeth Blount, Jean Meslier, Roger Deakins, and Macrina the Younger.

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Among people born in 1220, Rabban Bar Sauma ranks 13Before him are Stefan Uroš I, Alphonse, Count of Poitiers, Traidenis, Emperor Go-Saga, Ugolino della Gherardesca, and Enzo of Sardinia. After him are Joan, Countess of Toulouse, Jalal-ud-din Khalji, Joan, Countess of Ponthieu, and George Mouzalon. Among people deceased in 1294, Rabban Bar Sauma ranks 5Before him are Kublai Khan, Brunetto Latini, Louis II, Duke of Bavaria, and John I, Duke of Brabant. After him is Dmitry of Pereslavl.

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Among people born in China, Rabban Bar Sauma ranks 471 out of 1,186Before him are Wu Yi (1938), Hong Tianguifu (1849), Gan De (-400), Zhu Yujian (1602), Zhang Jinghui (1871), and Xu Shen (58). After him are Li He (790), Ruan Ji (210), 8th Dalai Lama (1758), Zhiyi (538), Jayaatu Khan Tugh Temür (1304), and Yang Xiong (-53).


Among religious figures born in China, Rabban Bar Sauma ranks 7Before him are 14th Dalai Lama (1935), 13th Dalai Lama (1876), Je Tsongkhapa (1357), 6th Dalai Lama (1683), 11th Dalai Lama (1838), and Bao Xishun (1951). After him are Joseph Zen (1932), Jianzhen (688), Yijing (635), Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei (1901), John Baptist Wu (1925), and Paul Shan Kuo-hsi (1924).