Selim I

1470 - 1520

Selim I

Selim I (Ottoman Turkish: سليم اول, Turkish: Birinci Selim; 10 October 1470 – 22 September 1520), known as Selim the Grim or Selim the Resolute (Turkish: Yavuz Sultan Selim), was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1512 to 1520. Despite lasting only eight years, his reign is notable for the enormous expansion of the Empire, particularly his conquest between 1516 and 1517 of the entire Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt, which included all of the Levant, Hejaz, Tihamah, and Egypt itself. On the eve of his death in 1520, the Ottoman Empire spanned about 576,900 sq mi (1,494,000 km2), having grown by seventy percent during Selim's reign.Selim's conquest of the Middle Eastern heartlands of the Muslim world, and particularly his assumption of the role of guardian of the pilgrimage routes to Mecca and Medina, established the Ottoman Empire as the most prestigious of all Muslim states. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selim I has received more than 1,466,899 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 65th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Selim I ranks 64 out of 14,801Before him are Saddam Hussein, Nicolae Ceaușescu, James K. Polk, Nicholas II of Russia, Trajan, and Francisco Franco. After him are Kim Il-sung, Henry Kissinger, Ivan the Terrible, Richard I of England, George Washington, and Pontius Pilate.

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Among people born in 1470, Selim I ranks 1After him are Charles VIII of France, Piri Reis, Edward V of England, Martin Waldseemüller, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, Hongzhi Emperor, Catherine of Navarre, György Dózsa, Pietro Bembo, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, and Francis, Count of Vendôme. Among people deceased in 1520, Selim I ranks 2Before him is Raphael. After him are Pedro Álvares Cabral, Moctezuma II, Martin Waldseemüller, Pier Gerlofs Donia, Cuitláhuac, Kunigunde of Austria, Sten Sture the Younger, Agostino Chigi, Ippolito d'Este, and William Dunbar.

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Among people born in Turkey, Selim I ranks 8 out of 901Before him are Paul the Apostle (5), Herodotus (-484), Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Heraclitus (-535), Selim II (1524), and Thales of Miletus (-623). After him are Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Saint Nicholas (270), Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), Mimar Sinan (1490), and Murad III (1546).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Selim I ranks 3Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494) and Selim II (1524). After him are Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), Murad III (1546), Bayezid I (1354), Osman I (1254), Murad I (1326), Mehmed III (1566), and Abdul Hamid II (1842).

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