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Sibawayh (Arabic: سِيبَوَيْهِ Sībawayhi or Sībawayh; Persian: سِیبُویه‎ Sībūyah [siːbuːˈja]; c. 760–796), whose full name is Abu Bishr Amr ibn Uthman ibn Qanbar al-Basri (أَبُو بِشْر عَمْرو بْن عُثْمَان بْن قَنْبَر ٱلْبَصْرِيّ, ’Abū Bishr ‘Amr ibn ‘Uthmān ibn Qanbar al-Baṣrī), was a Persian leading grammarian of Basra and author of the earliest book on Arabic grammar and linguistics. His famous unnamed work, referred to as Al-Kitāb, or "The Book", is a five-volume seminal discussion of the Arabic language.Ibn Qutaybah, the earliest extant source, in his biographical entry under Sibawayh simply wrote: He is Amr ibn Uthman, and he was mainly a grammarian. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sibawayh has received more than 195,148 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Sibawayh is the 26th most popular linguist (up from 28th in 2019), the 140th most popular biography from Iran (down from 133rd in 2019) and the most popular Linguist.

Sibawayh is most famous for his Arabic grammar book, "Kitab Sibawayh".

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  • 26

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.41

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among linguists, Sibawayh ranks 26 out of 161Before him are Johann Martin Schleyer, Otto Jespersen, Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Ignác Goldziher, Nicholas Marr, and Georg Friedrich Grotefend. After him are Franz Miklosich, Louis Hjelmslev, Johann Christoph Adelung, Michel Bréal, Pompeu Fabra, and Jost Gippert.

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Among people born in 760, Sibawayh ranks 2Before him is Nikephoros I.  Among people deceased in 797, Sibawayh ranks 1After him are Bermudo I of Asturias and Maurizio Galbaio.

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Among people born in Iran, Sibawayh ranks 140 out of 528Before him are Phraates IV (-90), Safi-ad-din Ardabili (1252), Teispes (-675), Mohammad Shah Qajar (1808), Al-Juwayni (1028), and Anastasius of Persia (550). After him are Ata-Malik Juvayni (1226), Osroes I (50), Harpagus (-700), Al-Bayhaqi (994), Al-Karaji (953), and Forough Farrokhzad (1935).

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Among linguists born in Iran, Sibawayh ranks 1After him are Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda (1879).