Syed Ahmad Khan

1817 - 1898

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Syed Ahmad Taqvi bin Syed Muhammad Muttaqi KCSI (Urdu: سید احمد خان‎; 17 October 1817 – 27 March 1898), commonly known as Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (also Sayyid Ahmad Khan), was an Islamic pragmatist, Islamic reformer, philosopher, and educationist in nineteenth-century British India. Though initially espousing Hindu-Muslim unity, he became the pioneer of Muslim nationalism in India and is widely credited as the father of Two-Nation Theory which formed the basis of Pakistan movement. Born into a family with strong debts to the Mughal court, Ahmad studied the Quran and Sciences within the court. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Syed Ahmad Khan has received more than 2,269,386 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Syed Ahmad Khan is the 88th most popular social activist (up from 94th in 2019), the 86th most popular biography from India (up from 88th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Indian Social Activist.

Syed Ahmad Khan was a Muslim reformer who founded the Aligarh Muslim University. He was a proponent of Western education, and his work led to the founding of the Muslim University of Aligarh.

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Among social activists, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 88 out of 544Before him are Angela Davis, Kasturba Gandhi, Zhang Jue, Liu Xiaobo, Beatrice Cenci, and Augusto César Sandino. After him are Alexander Parvus, René Cassin, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Bertha Pappenheim, Frank Costello, and Annie Besant.

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Among people born in 1817, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 10Before him are Ivan Aivazovsky, William III of the Netherlands, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Charles-François Daubigny, and Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen. After him are Niels Gade, Princess Clémentine of Orléans, Pierre Larousse, Theodor Storm, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, and Albert von Kölliker. Among people deceased in 1898, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 15Before him are Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Ivan Shishkin, William Ewart Gladstone, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Charles Garnier, and Henry Bessemer. After him are Theodor Fontane, Heungseon Daewongun, Aubrey Beardsley, Eleanor Marx, John Newlands, and Félicien Rops.

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Among people born in India, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 86 out of 1,227Before him are Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883), Razia Sultana (1205), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Satyajit Ray (1921), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), and Bindusara (-320). After him are Ajatashatru (-500), Tukaram (1608), Maudgalyayana (-568), Rajendra Prasad (1884), Deepak Chopra (1946), and Engelbert Humperdinck (1936).


Among social activists born in India, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 4Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), and Kasturba Gandhi (1869). After him are Gerald Durrell (1925), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Mangal Pandey (1827), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Vandana Shiva (1952), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), and Kittur Chennamma (1778).