Famous Iraqi Men

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Gilgamesh
(5th king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk)
Gilgamesh
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Birthplace: Iraq
Mesopotamian hero Gilgamesh is the leading character in the 2nd millennium B.C. Akkadian Epic of Gilgamesh. Experts believe he was a Sumerian ruler from 2900-2500 B.C., who became a legendary figure in the Third Dynasty of Ur. Gilgamesh’s tale is said to have inspired the Iliad and the Odyssey.
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Nimrod
(Biblical Figure)
Nimrod
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Birthdate: 1751 BC
Died: 1638 BC
Nimrod appears in the Bible as a ruler of Shinar, or Mesopotamia. Genesis and the Books of Chronicles state he was the son of Cush. Some sources link him to the Towel of Babel. He has been identified with countless real and mythical figures, such as the Mesopotamian god Ninurta.
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Sargon of Akkad
(King of the Akkadian Empire from 2334 BC to 2279 BC)
Sargon of Akkad
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Birthplace: Akkadian Empire
Died: 2279 AD

Sargon of Akkad reigned as the king of the Akkadian Empire from 2334 to 2284 BC. The first person to rule the Akkadian Empire, Sargon is sometimes recognized as the first person to rule over an empire in recorded history. He is credited with founding the Old Akkadian or Sargonic dynasty, which ruled for several years after his death.

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Methuselah
(Biblical Patriarch and a figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
Methuselah
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Birthdate: 3317 BC
Birthplace: Ancient Near East

Methuselah was a biblical patriarch and a prominent figure in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. He was the son of Enoch and the grandfather of Noah. It is believed that he lived for 969 years, due to which Methuselah has become synonymous with longevity. Over the years, he has been referenced and portrayed in several films, television series, and music videos.

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Saddam Hussein
(5th President of Iraq (1979-2003))
Saddam Hussein
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Birthdate: April 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al Awja, Iraq
Died: December 30, 2006

Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq as its president from 1979 to 2003. Described as one of the last of the great dictators of the 20th century, his regime caused the deaths of at least 250,000 Iraqis. Saddam was deposed in 2003 when a U.S led coalition invaded Iraq. Accused of crimes against humanity, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death in 2006.

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Enoch
(Methuselah's father)
Enoch
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Birthplace: Babylon
Nebuchadrezzar II
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Birthdate: 0634 BC
Died: 0562 BC
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Hammurabi
(Babylon King)
Hammurabi
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Birthdate: 1810 BC
Birthplace: Babylon, Iraqi
Died: 1750 BC

Hammurabi reigned as the first Babylonian dynasty's sixth king from 1792 BC to 1750 BC. During his reign, Hammurabi conquered the city-states of Eshnunna, Larsa, and Mari and brought nearly all of Mesopotamia under Babylonian rule. He is also known for issuing the Code of Hammurabi, which is one of the first law codes to establish the presumption of innocence.

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Ibn-al-Haytham
(Arab Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist of the Islamic Golden Age)
Ibn-al-Haytham
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Birthdate: 0965 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 1040 AD

Ibn al-Haytham was an Arab mathematician, physicist, and astronomer of the Islamic Golden Age. He is best remembered for his contributions to the principles of optics for which he is called the father of modern optics. He was the first person to explain visual perception. A polymath, Ibn al-Haytham also wrote influential books on philosophy, medicine, and theology. 

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Sennacherib
(Military Commander, King)
Sennacherib
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Birthdate: 0740 BC
Birthplace: Nimrud
Died: December 31, 0681
Sennacherib reigned as the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire between 705 BC and 681 BC. One of the most famous Assyrian kings, Sennacherib is mentioned as an important figure in the Hebrew Bible. He is credited with destructing the city of Babylon and expanding Nineveh, the last great Assyrian capital.
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Ashurbanipal
(Last Great Ruler of the Neo-Assyrian Empire)
Ashurbanipal
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Birthdate: 0685 BC
Birthplace: Assyria, Iraq
Died: 0631 BC

Ashurbanipal reigned as the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from 669 BC until his death in 631 BC. Widely regarded as the last great king of Assyria, Ashurbanipal is best remembered for the establishment of the famous Library of Ashurbanipal. The library has great historical significance as it holds texts like the Epic of Gilgamesh, the earliest surviving notable literature.

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Ahmad ibn Fadlan
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Birthdate: 0879 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0960 AD
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Al-Kindī
(Father of Arab philosophy)
Al-Kindī
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Birthdate: 0801 AD
Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
Died: 0873 AD
 14 
Jim Al-Khalili
(Physicist)
Jim Al-Khalili
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Birthdate: September 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
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Nouri al-Maliki
(Vice President of Iraq (2014-2015 and 2016-2018), Prime Minister of Iraq (2006-2014))
Nouri al-Maliki
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Birthdate: June 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hindiyah, Iraq

Former prime minister and vice president of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki was the grandson of reputed poet Muhammad Hasan Abi al-Mahasin. He later joined the outlawed Daʿwah party and escaped to Syria under the pseudonym Jawad after his link with the party was discovered. He later became the party leader.

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Tariq Aziz
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq)
Tariq Aziz
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Birthdate: April 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Keppe
Died: June 5, 2015

Tariq Aziz was an Iraqi politician best remembered for his service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 11 November 1983 to 19 December 1991. An influential political leader, Tariq Aziz also served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq from 16 July 1979 to 9 April 2003.

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Al-Maʾmūn
(Caliph of Baghdad)
Al-Maʾmūn
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Birthdate: September 14, 0786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: August 9, 0833
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Nebuchadnezzar I
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Birthdate: 1125 AD
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: 1104 AD
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Zedekiah
(King of Judah)
Zedekiah
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Birthdate: 0618 BC
Died: April 3, 0561
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Khosrau II
(considered to be the last great Sasanian king (shah) of Iran, ruling from 590 to 628, with an interruption of one year)
Khosrau II
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Birthdate: 0570 AD
Birthplace: Ctesiphon, Iraq
Died: February 28, 0628
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Abd al-Karim Qasim
(Prime Minister of Iraq from 1958 to 1963)
Abd al-Karim Qasim
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Birthdate: November 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 9, 1963

Abd al-Karim Qasim was an Iraqi nationalist and Army brigadier. He came to power after the 14 July Revolution, during which the Iraqi monarchy was overthrown. Abd al-Karim Qasim went on to serve as the Prime Minister of Iraq from 14 July 1958 to 8 February 1963. During his premiership, Qasim laid importance on education and greater equality for women.

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Khosrow I
(Sasanian King of Kings of Iran from 531 to 579)
Khosrow I
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Birthdate: 0501 AD
Birthplace: Ardestan, Iran
Died: January 31, 0579

Khosrow I was a 6th-century Persian king of the Sasanian Empire. Though most of the information on him is known through legends, he is believed to have been a patron of the arts. He introduced major tax reforms and also brought changes to the Sasanian bureaucracy.

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Uday Hussein
(Saddam Hussein’s Son)
Uday Hussein
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Birthdate: June 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tikrit
Died: July 22, 2003

Uday Hussein was an the eldest child of  Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Uday was reportedly intimidating and erratically ruthless. Many claim that his relatives and acquaintances were victims of his rage. He was killed in 2003 by an American task force following the invasion of Iraq. 

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Adnan Al-Kaissie
(Iraqi former professional wrestler and manager)
Adnan Al-Kaissie
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Birthdate: March 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
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Charles Saatchi
(Businessman)
Charles Saatchi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baghdad

Charles Saatchi is an Iraqi-British businessman. He is credited with co-founding the popular advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi. He then went on to co-found another international advertising agency called M&C Saatchi after Charles and his brother Maurice were forced out of Saatchi & Saatchi in 1995. He also owns Saatchi Gallery and is known for sponsoring the Young British Artists.

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Idris
(Prophet)
Idris
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Birthplace: Babylon
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Nehemiah
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Birthplace: Babylon
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Al-Mustaʿṣim
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Birthdate: 1213 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 20, 1258
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Qusay Hussein
(Son of Saddam Hussein)
Qusay Hussein
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Birthdate: May 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: July 22, 2003
Qusay Hussein was the younger son of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. As in charge of the Iraqi Republican Guard, a branch of the Iraqi military during the presidency of Saddam Hussein, Qusay Hussein was an influential man in Iraq. It is also believed that he had authority over other military units in Iraq. He was killed by U.S special forces in 2003.
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Ezra
(Priest)
Ezra
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Birthdate: 0480 BC
Birthplace: Babylon
Died: 0440 BC
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Nabopolassar
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Birthdate: 0658 BC
Died: 0605 BC
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Abū Ḥanīfah
(Theologian)
Abū Ḥanīfah
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Birthdate: September 5, 0698
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kūfah, Iraq
Died: June 14, 0767
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Al-Mutanabbi
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Birthdate: 0915 AD
Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
Died: September 3, 0965
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Faisal II of Iraq
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Birthdate: May 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: July 14, 1958
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Ahmad ibn Hanbal
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Birthdate: 0780 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0855 AD

Ahmad ibn Hanbal was an Arab Muslim theologian, jurist, hadith traditionist, and ascetic. He is credited with founding one of the four prominent legal schools of Sunni Islam, the Hanbali school of Sunni jurisprudence. A highly active and influential scholar, Ahmad ibn Hanbal is widely regarded as one of the most respected intellectual personalities in the history of Islam.

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Esarhaddon
(King of the Neo-Assyrian Empire)
Esarhaddon
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Birthplace: Harran
Died: 0669 BC

Esarhaddon reigned as the King of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from 681 BC until his death in 669 BC. He is best remembered for his invasion of Egypt in 671 BC. The conquest made his empire the world's largest at that time. Esarhaddon is also remembered for his reconstruction of Babylon.

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Hillel the Elder
(Jewish scholar)
Hillel the Elder
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Birthdate: 0110 AD
Birthplace: Babylonia
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Terah
(Abraham's Father)
Terah
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Birthdate: 1883 BC
Birthplace: Ur of the Chaldees
Died: 1678 BC

According to the Book of Genesis, Terah is the father of the patriarch Abraham. Mentioned in Genesis 11:26–27, Terah is identified as the one who led his family on a mysterious journey to Canaan, which might have played a crucial role in the events that later unfold in Abraham's life.

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Aḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr
(Former President and the Prime Minister of Iraq)
Aḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr
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Birthdate: July 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tikrīt, Iraq
Died: October 4, 1982

Aḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr was an Iraqi politician best remembered for his service as the President and the Prime Minister of Iraq from 1968 to 1979. He also served as the Prime Minister of Iraq from February to November 1963. An important political leader, Aḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr also served as the Minister of Defence from 1974 to 1977.       

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Ur-Nammu
(King of the Neo-Sumerian Empire)
Ur-Nammu
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Ur-Nammu reigned as the King of the Neo-Sumerian Empire from 2112 BC to 2094 BC. He is credited with founding the Third Dynasty of Ur, which is also referred to as the Neo-Sumerian Empire, in southern Mesopotamia. Ur-Nammu is best remembered for creating the Code of Ur-Nammu, the oldest known extant legal code in the world.

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Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
(Twelver Shia Cleric Who Founded Several Islamic Religious Schools)
Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
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Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: July 4, 2010

Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah was a twelver Shia cleric. He is credited with founding several Islamic religious schools. He also gave many lectures, wrote dozens of books, and established the Mabarrat Association. Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah is best remembered for his liberal views on women.

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Al-Muʿtaṣim
(ʿAbbāsid caliph)
Al-Muʿtaṣim
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Birthdate: 0796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: January 5, 0842
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Muqtada al-Sadr
(Iraqi Politician and Leader of the Sadrist Movement)
Muqtada al-Sadr
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Birthdate: August 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Son of Iraqi Shi'a cleric Grand Ayatollah Muḥammad Ṣādiq al-Ṣadr, known for his opposition to Saddam Hussein, Muqtada al-Sadr started the Sadrist Movement. His initial militant stint transformed into a nationalist phase later. Shi'a people consider him a hero who stood against Sunni insurgents.
Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi
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Birthdate: July 28, 0869
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abbasid Samarra
Died: July 4, 0874
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Al-Jāḥiẓ
(Theologian and scholar)
Al-Jāḥiẓ
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Birthdate: 0776 AD
Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
Died: 0868 AD
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Al-Masudi
(Historian)
Al-Masudi
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Birthdate: 0896 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: August 31, 0956
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Ashurnasirpal II
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Birthplace: Neo-Assyrian Empire
Died: 0859 BC
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Ali al-Sistani
(Theologian, Akhoond)
Ali al-Sistani
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Birthdate: August 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mashhad
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Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
(Iraqi Former Diplomat and Politician)
Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
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Birthdate: July 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hillah, Iraq

Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf is an Iraqi former politician and diplomat. He is best known for his service as the Minister of Information from 2001 to 2003. Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 6 June 1992 to 23 April 2001.

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Al-Mutawakkil
(Caliph of Baghdad)
Al-Mutawakkil
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Birthdate: March 31, 0822
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iraq, Iraq
Died: December 11, 0861