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Yusuf ibn Ayyub ibn Shadhi (c. 1137 – 4 March 1193), commonly known by the epithet Saladin, was the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. Hailing from an ethnic 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 9,340,052 page views. His biography is available in 132 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 131 in 2019). Saladin is the 15th most popular politician (down from 13th 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 15 out of 15,577Before him are Augustus, Charlemagne, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Vladimir Putin, Suleiman the Magnificent, and David. After him are Elizabeth I of England, Jimmy Carter, Winston Churchill, Constantine the Great, Benito Mussolini, and Tutankhamun.

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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 338Before him are Abraham (-1813). After him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Abu Hanifa (698), Ashurbanipal (-685), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Sarah (-1803), Al-Kindi (801), Ibn al-Haytham (965), and Mani (216).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Saladin ranks 1After him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Ashurbanipal (-685), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Sennacherib (-740), Sargon II (-750), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Khosrow II (570), and Al-Ma'mun (786).