Sabbatai Zevi

1626 - 1676

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Sabbatai Zevi (Hebrew: שַׁבְּתַי צְבִי‎; August 1, 1626 – c. September 17, 1676), also spelled Shabbetai Ẓevi, Shabbeṯāy Ṣeḇī, Shabsai Tzvi, and Sabetay Sevi in Turkish, was a Sephardic Jewish mystic and ordained rabbi from Smyrna (now İzmir, Turkey). A kabbalist of Romaniote origin, Zevi, who was active throughout the Ottoman Empire, claimed to be the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sabbatai Zevi has received more than 795,630 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Sabbatai Zevi is the 257th most popular religious figure (up from 403rd in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 185th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Turkish Religious Figure.

Sabbatai Zevi was most famous for his conversion to Islam in 1666.

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Among religious figures, Sabbatai Zevi ranks 257 out of 2,272Before him are Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, Charles Borromeo, Pope Liberius, Vincent de Paul, Belshazzar, and Pope Adeodatus I. After him are Pope Anicetus, Judas Maccabeus, Saint Cecilia, Pope Damasus I, Pope Paul I, and Pope John X.

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Among people born in 1626, Sabbatai Zevi ranks 2Before him is Christina, Queen of Sweden. After him are Richard Cromwell, Jan Steen, William II, Prince of Orange, Francesco Redi, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur, Giovanni Legrenzi, Louis Couperin, Bada Shanren, and John Aubrey. Among people deceased in 1676, Sabbatai Zevi ranks 2Before him is Pope Clement X. After him are Alexis of Russia, Michiel de Ruyter, Francesco Cavalli, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, Madame de Brinvilliers, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, Carl Gustaf Wrangel, and Paul Gerhardt.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Sabbatai Zevi ranks 104 out of 1,128Before him are Anacreon (-570), Romanos IV Diogenes (1030), Eudoxus of Cnidus (-408), Cassius Dio (155), Gordian I (159), and Photios I of Constantinople (900). After him are Manuel II Palaiologos (1350), Apollonius of Perga (-262), Saint Timothy (17), Şehzade Mehmed (1522), Leo I the Thracian (401), and Artemisia I of Caria (-500).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Sabbatai Zevi ranks 12Before him are Margaret the Virgin (292), Saint Blaise (300), Rachel (-3500), Saint Pantaleon (275), Irenaeus (130), and Photios I of Constantinople (900). After him are Saint Timothy (17), Marcion of Sinope (85), Fethullah Gülen (1941), Ephrem the Syrian (306), Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1940), and Ignatius of Antioch (35).