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Yasser Arafat

1929 - 2004

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Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini (4 / 24 August 1929 – 11 November 2004), popularly known as Yasser Arafat ( ARR-ə-fat, also US: AR-ə-FAHT; Arabic: محمد ياسر عبد الرحمن عبد الرؤوف عرفات القدوة الحسيني, romanized: Muḥammad Yāsir ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ʻAbd al-Raʼūf ʿArafāt al-Qudwa al-Ḥusaynī‎; Arabic: ياسر عرفات, romanized: Yāsir ʿArafāt) or by his kunya Abu Ammar (Arabic: أبو عمار, romanized: ʾAbū ʿAmmār), was a Palestinian political leader. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1969 to 2004 and President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) from 1994 to 2004. Ideologically an Arab nationalist and a socialist, he was a founding member of the Fatah political party, which he led from 1959 until 2004. Arafat was born to Palestinian parents in Cairo, Egypt, where he spent most of his youth and studied at the University of King Fuad I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yasser Arafat has received more than 5,765,907 page views. His biography is available in 113 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 112 in 2019). Yasser Arafat is the 110th most popular politician (up from 112th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Egypt and the 4th most popular Egyptian Politician.

Yasser Arafat was the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the first president of the Palestinian National Authority. He was born in 1929 in Cairo, Egypt, and died in 2004 in Paris, France. He became famous for being a leader in the Palestinian Liberation Organization and for being the first president of the Palestinian National Authority.

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Among politicians, Yasser Arafat ranks 110 out of 15,577Before him are Philip IV of France, Hadrian, Mary II of England, Herod the Great, Hermann Göring, and Isabella I of Castile. After him are Pepin the Short, Louis XIII of France, Philip II of Macedon, Hatshepsut, Tiberius, and Clovis I.

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Among people born in 1929, Yasser Arafat ranks 3Before him are Grace Kelly and Anne Frank. After him are Audrey Hepburn, Martin Luther King Jr., Bud Spencer, Milan Kundera, Lev Yashin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jürgen Habermas, Sergio Leone, and Imre Kertész. Among people deceased in 2004, Yasser Arafat ranks 2Before him is Ronald Reagan. After him are Marlon Brando, Ray Charles, Jacques Derrida, Juliana of the Netherlands, Francis Crick, Christopher Reeve, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Françoise Sagan, Czesław Miłosz, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.

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Among people born in Egypt, Yasser Arafat ranks 9 out of 582Before him are Tutankhamun (-1341), Ptolemy (100), Nefertiti (-1400), Akhenaten (-1400), Euclid (-350), and Hypatia (350). After him are Hatshepsut (-1507), Catherine of Alexandria (287), Joshua (-1355), Amenhotep III (-1403), Origen (185), and Anthony the Great (251).


Among politicians born in Egypt, Yasser Arafat ranks 4Before him are Cleopatra (-69), Tutankhamun (-1341), and Akhenaten (-1400). After him are Hatshepsut (-1507), Amenhotep III (-1403), Rudolf Hess (1894), Hosni Mubarak (1928), Anwar Sadat (1918), Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918), Seti I (-1323), and Khafra (-2550).