Syed Ahmad Khan

1817 - 1898

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Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (17 October 1817 – 27 March 1898), also spelled Sayyid Ahmad Khan, was an Indian Muslim reformer, philosopher, and educationist in nineteenth-century British India. Though initially espousing Hindu–Muslim unity, he later became the pioneer of Muslim nationalism in India and is widely credited as the father of the two-nation theory, which formed the basis of the Pakistan movement. Born into a family with strong ties to the Mughal court, Ahmad studied science and the Quran within the court. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Syed Ahmad Khan has received more than 3,755,060 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Syed Ahmad Khan is the 105th most popular social activist (down from 97th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from India (down from 103rd in 2019) and the 6th 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 105 out of 840Before him are Susan B. Anthony, Zhang Jue, Annie Besant, Louise Michel, Leila Khaled, and Kasturba Gandhi. After him are Jody Williams, Bugsy Siegel, Ishikawa Goemon, Narges Mohammadi, Nat Turner, and Vlado Chernozemski.

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Among people born in 1817, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 10Before him are Ivan Aivazovsky, Bahá'u'lláh, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Charles-François Daubigny, and Niels Gade. After him are Princess Clémentine of Orléans, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Pierre Larousse, Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg, Charles Adolphe Wurtz, and Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy. Among people deceased in 1898, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 18Before him are Ferdinand Cohn, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Eleanor Marx, Félicien Rops, Theodor Fontane, and John Newlands. After him are Henry Bessemer, Aubrey Beardsley, Heungseon Daewongun, William Ewart Gladstone, Edward Burne-Jones, and Princess Francisca of Brazil.

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Among people born in India, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 106 out of 1,861Before him are Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Sarojini Naidu (1879), Basava (1134), Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), and Kim Philby (1912). After him are Ahmed Deedat (1918), Razia Sultana (1205), Tukaram (1608), Mariam-uz-Zamani (1542), Sushruta (-620), and Vātsyāyana (300).


Among social activists born in India, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 6Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), Gerald Durrell (1925), and Kasturba Gandhi (1869). After him are Gangubai Kothewali (1939), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Mangal Pandey (1827), Kittur Chennamma (1778), and Kailash Satyarthi (1954).