Selim III

1761 - 1808

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Selim III (Ottoman Turkish: سليم ثالث, romanized: Selim-i sâlis; Turkish: III. Selim; 24 December 1761 – 28 July 1808) was the sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1789 to 1807. Regarded as an enlightened ruler, he was eventually deposed and imprisoned by the Janissaries, who placed his cousin Mustafa on the throne as Mustafa IV (r. 1807–1808). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selim III has received more than 1,096,503 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Selim III is the 400th most popular politician (down from 383rd in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Türkiye (up from 64th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Politician.

Selim III was most famous for being the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1789-1807. He was known for his reforms and for his attempts to modernize the empire.

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Over the past year Selim III has had the most page views in the with 280,673 views, followed by English (174,761), and Russian (86,253). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (78.45%), Estonian (72.27%), and Galician (70.95%)


Among politicians, Selim III ranks 400 out of 19,576Before him are Rüstem Pasha, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Scipio Africanus, Ay, Decius, and Michael I of Romania. After him are Charles III of Spain, Philip I of Castile, Frederick IX of Denmark, Priam, Philip VI of France, and Miklós Horthy.

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Among people born in 1761, Selim III ranks 2Before him is Pope Pius VIII. After him are Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Marie Tussaud, Jan Potocki, Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, William Carey, August von Kotzebue, Philippe Buonarroti, Jean-Charles Pichegru, Sineperver Sultan, and Louis-Léopold Boilly. Among people deceased in 1808, Selim III ranks 1After him are Christian VII of Denmark, Mustafa IV, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, John Dickinson, Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Carl Gotthard Langhans, Johan Christian Fabricius, Hubert Robert, Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis, Gaétan Vestris, and Friedrich Kasimir Medikus.

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In Türkiye

Among people born in Türkiye, Selim III ranks 61 out of 1,347Before him are Julian (331), Apollonius of Perga (-262), Abdulmejid I (1823), Aspasia (-470), Hatice Sultan (1496), and Abdul Hamid I (1725). After him are Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Mahmud I (1696), Leucippus (-500), Saint Blaise (300), Osman III (1699), and Anaximenes of Miletus (-585).

Among POLITICIANS In Türkiye

Among politicians born in Türkiye, Selim III ranks 35Before him are Constantine XI Palaiologos (1404), Mustafa II (1664), Julian (331), Abdulmejid I (1823), Hatice Sultan (1496), and Abdul Hamid I (1725). After him are Mahmud I (1696), Osman III (1699), Mustafa III (1717), Murad V (1840), Honorius (384), and Alexios I Komnenos (1048).