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Shaykh Ahmad

1753 - 1826

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Shaykh Ahmad bin Zayn al-Dín bin Ibráhím al-Ahsá'í (Arabic: شيخ أحمد بن زين الدين بن إبراهيم الأحسائي) (1753–1826), commonly known as Shaykh Ahmad or al-Ahsá'í, was a prominent 19th-century Shia Muslim theologian and jurist who founded the influential Shaykhí school of Twelver Shiism, which attracted followers from throughout the Persian and Ottoman Empires. He was a native of the Al-Ahsa region (Eastern Arabian Peninsula), educated in Bahrain and the theological centers of Najaf and Karbala in Iraq. Spending the last twenty years of his life in Iran, he received the protection and patronage of princes of the Qajar dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shaykh Ahmad has received more than 82,130 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Shaykh Ahmad is the 1,498th most popular religious figure (down from 1,391st in 2019), the 147th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (down from 135th in 2019) and the 58th most popular Saudi Arabian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 1,498 out of 2,238Before him are John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Yitzhak Kaduri, Pietro Riario, Henri Schwery, Jerzy Radziwiłł, and Antony II of Constantinople. After him are Gan Ji, Franjo Šeper, Stephen Pongracz, Joseph Butler, Sigfrid of Sweden, and Mary Ward.

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Among people born in 1753, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 19Before him are Samuel Crompton, Franz Karl Achard, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès, Josef Dobrovský, and Sophia Albertina, Abbess of Quedlinburg. After him are Countess Palatine Maria Anna of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers, Ludwig von Cobenzl, Matvei Platov, Princess Joséphine of Lorraine, and William Nicholson. Among people deceased in 1826, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 27Before him are Clarke Abel, Johann Baptist von Spix, Jean Lafitte, François-Joseph Talma, Marie-Guillemine Benoist, and Johann Peter Hebel. After him are John Flaxman, Christian Kramp, Pavel Pestel, Anton Walter, Fyodor Rostopchin, and Jens Baggesen.

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In Saudi Arabia

Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 147 out of 251Before him are Sultan bin Salman Al Saud (1956), Muhammad bin Nayef (1959), Faisal bin Musaid Al Saud (1944), Mohammad bin Salman (1985), Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al Saud (1721), and Nimr al-Nimr (1959). After him are Al-Khayzuran (701), Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1940), Saad Hariri (1970), Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais (1960), Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud (1949), and Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1931).


Among religious figures born in Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 58Before him are Abu Darda (580), Fatimah bint Musa (790), Saleh Al-Fawzan (1933), Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen (1925), Abu Dujana (null), and 'Abd Allah ibn Rawahah (null). After him are Saud Al-Shuraim (1964) and Rahaf Mohammed (2000).