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Yusuf ibn Ayyub ibn Shadi (Arabic: يوسف ابن أيوب ابن شاذي, romanized: Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb ibn Shāḏī; c. 1137 – 4 March 1193), better known by his epithet Saladin (Arabic: صلاح الدين, romanized: Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn, lit. 'Righteous of the Faith'; Kurdish: سه‌لاحه‌دین, romanized: Selahedîn; ) was a Sunni Muslim Kurd who became the first sultan of both Egypt and Syria, and was the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. Saladin led the Muslim military campaign against the Crusader states in the Levant. He was an important figure in the Third Crusade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saladin has received more than 8,413,363 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 129 in 2019). Saladin is the 13th most popular politician (up from 14th 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 13 out of 15,710Before him are Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Charlemagne, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and Elizabeth I of England. After him are Jimmy Carter, Constantine the Great, Attila, Suleiman the Magnificent, Hannibal, and Benito Mussolini.

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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, 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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Among people born in Iraq, Saladin ranks 2 out of 300Before him are Abraham (-1813). After him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Ibn al-Haytham (965), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Mani (216), Al-Kindi (801), and Ashurbanipal (-685).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Saladin ranks 1After him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Ashurbanipal (-685), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Sennacherib (-740), Sargon II (-750), Al-Ma'mun (786), and Nur ad-Din (1116).