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. On the eve of his death in 1520, the Ottoman Empire spanned about 3,400,000 km2 (1,300,000 sq mi), 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 pre-eminent Muslim state. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selim I has received more than 2,114,957 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Selim I is the 82nd most popular politician (down from 64th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 8th in 2019) and the 5th 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 82 out of 15,710Before him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodosius I, Mary I of England, Mehmed the Conqueror, Louis XV of France, and Osman I. After him are James K. Polk, Henry IV of France, Margaret Thatcher, Heinrich Himmler, Ashoka, and Mary II of England.

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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, Catherine of Navarre, György Dózsa, Pietro Bembo, Francis, Count of Vendôme, and Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan. 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 11 out of 1,128Before him are Saint George (280), Heraclitus (-535), Thales of Miletus (-623), Selim II (1524), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), and Osman I (1254). After him are Diogenes (-404), Ahmed I (1590), Saint Nicholas (270), Murad IV (1612), Galen (129), and Murad III (1546).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Selim I ranks 5Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Selim II (1524), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), and Osman I (1254). After him are Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), Murad III (1546), Mehmed III (1566), Bayezid I (1354), Bayezid II (1447), and Abdul Hamid II (1842).