Famous Egyptian Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 Origen

Origen
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Famous As: Theologian, Cleric, Writer, Translator, Philosopher
Birthdate: 0185 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0253 AD

Origen was an early Christian ascetic, scholar, and theologian. Also a prolific writer, Origen wrote as many as 2,000 treatises, including biblical exegesis, textual criticism, biblical hermeneutics, spirituality, and homiletics. Origen is widely considered one of the most prominent Christian theologians, although his teachings on the existence of souls were vehemently rejected by the Church.

 2 Zahi Hawass

Zahi Hawass
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Famous As: Egyptian archaeologist
Birthdate: May 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Damietta

 3 Mohamed A. El-Erian

Mohamed A. El-Erian
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Born to Egyptian parents in New York, Mohamed A. El-Erian grew up in the U.S., Egypt, and France, with his diplomat father. Educated at Cambridge and Oxford, he later served as the CEO of PIMCO. Apart from being a Bloomberg columnist, he has also written bestsellers such as When Markets Collide.

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 4 Maimonides

Maimonides
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 6, 1135
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: December 12, 1204

Maimonides was a Sephardic Jewish philosopher. He went on to become one of the most important Torah scholars of the Middle Ages. He was also a respected physician and served as the personal physician of the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, Saladin. His work The Mishneh Torah is considered one of the main authoritative codifications of Jewish ethics and law.

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 5 Manetho

Manetho
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Famous As: priest
Birthdate: 0000 BC

 6 Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i

Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: July 31, 0767
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gaza
Died: January 20, 0820

 7 Cyril of Alexandria

Cyril of Alexandria
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: 0376 AD
Birthplace: El Mahalla El Kubra, Egypt
Died: 0444 AD
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 8 Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: June 9, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: October 1, 2012

 9 Taha Hussein

Taha Hussein
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Famous As: Was one of the most influential 20th-century Egyptian Writers, intellectuals
Birthdate: November 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maghaghah, Egypt
Died: October 28, 1973

 10 Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah

Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: August 3, 0985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: February 13, 1021

Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah reigned as the 6th caliph of the Egyptian Shiʿi Fatimid dynasty. Known for being eccentric, he once ordered all dogs in his kingdom to be killed, and on another occasion, banned shellfish. He was also known for his cruelty and his persecution of Sunni Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

 11 Appian

Appian
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0095 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0165 AD

Appian was a Greek historian who flourished during the monarchy of Antoninus Pius, Trajan, and Hadrian. Appian, who held Roman citizenship, is best remembered for his principal surviving work Roman History. The work is considered important and valuable for its description of the Roman Empire, especially during the civil wars.

 12 Al-Suyūṭī

Al-Suyūṭī
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: October 3, 1445
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: October 18, 1505

 13 Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Yusuf al-Qaradawi
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saft Turab, Egypt

 14 Ipuwer

Ipuwer
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Famous As: Sage
Birthdate: 2300 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 2201 AD

 15 Ahmed el-Tayeb

Ahmed el-Tayeb
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Famous As: Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher, Translator, Imam
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Luxor

 16 John Philoponus

John Philoponus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0490 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0570 AD

 17 Pope Theophilus of Alexandria

Pope Theophilus of Alexandria
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: October 15, 0412

 18 Hamed Abdel-Samad

Hamed Abdel-Samad
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Giza, Egypt

 19 Nasr Abu Zayd

Nasr Abu Zayd
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: July 5, 2010

 20 Cosmas Indicopleustes

Cosmas Indicopleustes
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0550 AD

 21 Omar Abdel-Rahman

Omar Abdel-Rahman
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt
Died: February 18, 2017

Known as The Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman was a blind Islamist militant from Egypt. Though blind since childhood, he studied theology and went on to lead the al-Jamāʿah al-Islāmiyyah. He later fled to the US, where he was convicted of plotting several terrorist activities and sentenced to life imprisonment.

 22 Didymus the Blind

Didymus the Blind
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 0313 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0398 AD

 23 Tamim al-Barghouti

Tamim al-Barghouti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 24 Ibn al-Farid

Ibn al-Farid
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 22, 1181
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: 1234 AD

 25 Pope Dionysius of Alexandria

Pope Dionysius of Alexandria
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: March 22, 0264

 26 Theophylactus Simocattes

Theophylactus Simocattes
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0580 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0630 AD

 27 Isaac Israeli ben Solomon

Isaac Israeli ben Solomon
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 0832 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0932 AD

 28 Olympiodorus The Younger

Olympiodorus The Younger
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0495 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0570 AD

 29 Abdel Rahman Badawi

Abdel Rahman Badawi
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 17, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sharabass, Egypt
Died: July 25, 2002

 30 Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Saad Eddin Ibrahim
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: December 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mansoura, Egypt

 31 Gamal Hamdan

Gamal Hamdan
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: February 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Al Qalyubia Governorate, Egypt
Died: April 17, 1993

 32 Apollonius Dyscolus

Apollonius Dyscolus
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Famous As: Grammarian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0140 AD

 33 Ad-Damīrī

Ad-Damīrī
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Famous As: Muslim theologian
Birthdate: 1344 AD
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: October 27, 1405

 34 Mostafa El-Abbadi

Mostafa El-Abbadi
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: October 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: February 13, 2017

 35 Ahmad Zaki Pasha

Ahmad Zaki Pasha
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Famous As: Philologist, Educator
Birthdate: May 26, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 5, 1934

 36 Severus of Antioch

Severus of Antioch
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Famous As: Patriarch
Birthdate: 0465 AD
Birthplace: Sozopolis, Turkey
Died: February 8, 0538

Severus of Antioch was a miaphysite leader and the Patriarch of Antioch. Initially a monk in Palestine, Severus was later made a priest and propagated the view that Christ’s human and divine natures were, in fact, one and the same. He also led the Coptic churches in Egypt and Syria.

 37 Theognostus Of Alexandria

Theognostus Of Alexandria
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 0210 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0270 AD

 38 Theodore Of Rhaithu

Theodore Of Rhaithu
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 0630 AD

 39 Al-Bahūtī

Al-Bahūtī
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1592 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1641 AD

Egyptian jurist Al-Bahūtī was one of the most significant figures of the Hanbali school of Islamic law. His legal written works are apparently still followed. not just in Egypt but also in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Syria. His best-known work on jurisprudence remains al-Rawd Al Murbi’ Sharh Zād Al Mustaqni.

 40 George of Laodicea

George of Laodicea
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Famous As: Bishops
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0361 AD

George was the bishop of Laodicea, which was a port city in ancient Syria. Remembered as one of the significant figures of homoiousian, or moderate Arianism, he was excommunicated in spite if being ordained by Bishop Alexander, due to his allegiance to Arianism. He, however, started following Anomoeans later.

 41 Fathi Osman

Fathi Osman
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minya, Egypt
Died: September 11, 2010

Egyptian author and scholar Fathi Osman, who promoted cooperation between Islam and other religions, aimed at making Islamic civilization and culture more understandable to non-Muslims through his writings. His writings include 40 books written in English and Arabic. His monumental work Concepts of the Quran gives an overview of the Quran for the general public.

 42 Patriarch John I of Alexandria

Patriarch John I of Alexandria
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: April 29, 0505

John Talaia was the patriarch of Alexandria from 481 to 482. Due to his refusal to sign Emperor Zeno's Henoticon, he was expelled from the Council of Chalcedon. He fled to Rome, where he received supported. However, he could never return to Alexandria and became the bishop of Nola instead.