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Selim I

1470 - 1520

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Selim I (Ottoman Turkish: سليم الأول; Turkish: I. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selim I has received more than 2,555,125 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Selim I is the 83rd most popular politician (down from 82nd in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 11th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Turkish Politician.

Selim I is most famous for his conquests of the Ottoman Empire, which he expanded to include present-day Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

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Among politicians, Selim I ranks 83 out of 15,577Before him are Richard I of England, Napoleon III, Rama, Joe Biden, Ashoka, and Hirohito. After him are Trajan, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Kösem Sultan, Francisco Franco, Philip II of Spain, and George Washington.

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Among people born in 1470, Selim I ranks 1After him are Edward V of England, Charles VIII of France, Piri Reis, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, Martin Waldseemüller, Hongzhi Emperor, Pietro Bembo, Francis, Count of Vendôme, György Dózsa, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, and Juan Díaz de Solís. 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, Jo Gwang-jo, and Ippolito d'Este.

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Among people born in Turkey, Selim I ranks 13 out of 1,301Before him are Selim II (1524), Saint George (280), Ahmed I (1590), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Heraclitus (-535), and Murad III (1546). After him are Galen (129), Murad IV (1612), Anaximander (-610), Diogenes (-404), Mehmed III (1566), and Strabo (-64).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Selim I ranks 7Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Osman I (1254), Selim II (1524), Ahmed I (1590), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), and Murad III (1546). After him are Murad IV (1612), Mehmed III (1566), Mustafa I (1591), Murad I (1326), Bayezid I (1354), and Mehmed IV (1642).