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Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (c. 1137 – 4 March 1193), commonly known as Saladin, was the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. Hailing from a Kurdish family, he was the first sultan of both Egypt and Syria. An important figure of the Third Crusade, he spearheaded the Muslim military effort against the Crusader states in the Levant. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saladin has received more than 12,066,350 page views. His biography is available in 136 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 132 in 2019). Saladin is the 10th most popular politician (up from 15th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Iraq and the most popular Iraqi Politician.

Saladin was the Sultan of Egypt and Syria in the late 12th century. He is most famous for defeating the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin in 1187, recapturing Jerusalem and other major cities, and for being a patron of the arts.

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Among politicians, Saladin ranks 10 out of 19,576Before him are Donald Trump, Julius Caesar, Louis XIV of France, Suleiman the Magnificent, Joseph Stalin, and Thomas Jefferson. After him are Vladimir Lenin, Jimmy Carter, Augustus, Richard Nixon, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and Cleopatra.

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Among people born in 1138, Saladin ranks 1After him are Maimonides, Tancred, King of Sicily, Abu Yaqub Yusuf, Casimir II the Just, Hōjō Tokimasa, Giraut de Bornelh, and Conan IV, Duke of Brittany. Among people deceased in 1193, Saladin ranks 1After him are Balian of Ibelin, Robert IV of Sablé, Roger III of Sicily, Düsum Khyenpa, 1st Karmapa Lama, and Saint Thorlak.

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In Iraq

Among people born in Iraq, Saladin ranks 2 out of 384Before him are Abraham (-1813). After him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Sennacherib (-740), Ashurbanipal (-685), Al-Kindi (801), and Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Saladin ranks 1After him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sennacherib (-740), Ashurbanipal (-685), Nur ad-Din (1116), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Sargon II (-750), and Khosrow II (570).