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, 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 67,296 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Shaykh Ahmad is the 1,393rd most popular religious figure (down from 1,318th in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia and the 52nd most popular Saudi Arabian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 1,393 out of 2,272Before him are Witch of Endor, Joseph Clemens of Bavaria, Wolfgang of Regensburg, Michael the Syrian, Gregorio Pietro Agagianian, and Sigmundur Brestisson. After him are John Albert Vasa, Ram, Anandi Gopal Joshi, Charles Lavigerie, William of St-Thierry, and Angilbert.

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Among people born in 1753, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 20Before him are Franz Karl Achard, Phillis Wheatley, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Josef Dobrovský, Sophia Albertina, Abbess of Quedlinburg, and François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers. After him are William Nicholson, Matvei Platov, John Soane, Edmund Randolph, Évariste de Parny, and Fyodor Alekseyev. Among people deceased in 1826, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 29Before him are Jean Lafitte, Clarke Abel, Johann Peter Hebel, Marie-Guillemine Benoist, John Flaxman, and Georg Franz Hoffmann. After him are Fyodor Rostopchin, Jens Baggesen, Pavel Pestel, Conrad Malte-Brun, Johann Heinrich Voss, and Kondraty Ryleyev.

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Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 135 out of 222Before him are 'Abd Allah ibn Rawahah (null), Saad Hariri (1970), Umm Ruman (null), Mohammad bin Salman (1985), Muhammad bin Nayef (1959), and Sultan bin Salman Al Saud (1956). After him are Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1940), Ahmed Zaki Yamani (1930), Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1931), Nimr al-Nimr (1959), Al-Hurr ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Thaqafi (700), and Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais (1960).


Among religious figures born in Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Ahmad ranks 52Before him are Abdullah ibn Salam (550), Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (600), Abu Darda (580), Isma'il ibn Ja'far (721), 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As (616), and 'Abd Allah ibn Rawahah (null). After him are Saud Al-Shuraim (1964) and Rahaf Mohammed (2000).