Famous Iraqi Men

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 1 Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein.
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Famous As: Dictator & President of Iraq
Birthdate: April 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al-Awja
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.

 2 Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh.
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Famous As: 5th king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk
Birthdate: 0000 BC
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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 3 Nimrod

Nimrod.
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Famous As: Biblical Figure
Birthdate: 0000 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.

 4 Uday Hussein

Uday Hussein.
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Famous As: Saddam Hussein’s Son
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. 

 5 Sargon of Akkad

Sargon of Akkad.
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Famous As: The First King of the Akkadian Empire
Birthdate: 2340 BC
Birthplace: Azupiranu
Died: 2284 BC

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.

 6 Methuselah

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.

 7 Hammurabi

Hammurabi.
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Famous As: Babylon King
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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 8 Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi.
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Famous As: Businessman
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.

 9 Ibn-al-Haytham

Ibn-al-Haytham.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: July 1, 0965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
Died: March 6, 1040

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. 

 10 Ahmad ibn Hanbal

Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
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Famous As: Jurist
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.

 11 Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi

Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi
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Famous As: Imam
Birthdate: July 28, 0869
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abbasid Samarra
Died: July 4, 0874

 12 Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 12, 1973
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.

 13 Ashurbanipal

Ashurbanipal.
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Famous As: Last Great Ruler of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
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.

 14 Ali al-Sistani

Ali al-Sistani
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Famous As: Theologian, Akhoond
Birthdate: August 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mashhad

 15 Nouri al-Maliki

Nouri al-Maliki.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Iraq
Birthdate: June 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Al-Hindiya, 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.

 16 Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

 17 Al-Kindī

Al-Kindī
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0801 AD
Birthplace: Basra
Died: 0873 AD

 18 Jalal Talabani

Jalal Talabani
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Famous As: Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kelkan

 19 Ali Hassan al-Majid

Ali Hassan al-Majid
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: November 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Al Awja, Iraq
Died: January 25, 2010

 20 Zedekiah

Zedekiah
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Famous As: King of Judah
Birthdate: 0618 BC
Died: April 3, 0561

 21 Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: July 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tikrit

 22 Nebuchadrezzar II

Nebuchadrezzar II
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0634 BC
Died: 0562 BC

 23 Nebuchadnezzar I

Nebuchadnezzar I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1125 AD
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: 1104 AD

 24 Al-Maʾmūn

Al-Maʾmūn
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Famous As: Caliph of Baghdad
Birthdate: September 14, 0786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: August 9, 0833

 25 Ahmed Chalabi

Ahmed Chalabi.
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Famous As: Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Birthdate: October 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kadhimiya, Iraq
Died: November 3, 2015

Ahmed Chalabi was an Iraqi politician who served as the president of the Governing Council of Iraq from 1 September 2003 to 30 September 2003. He is credited with founding the Iraqi National Congress and served as its leader for many years.

 26 Muntadhar al Zaidi

Muntadhar al Zaidi
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Famous As: Broadcast Journalist
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iraq

 27 Masoud Barzani

Masoud Barzani
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mahabad

 28 Abd al-Karim Qasim

Abd al-Karim Qasim
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: November 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 9, 1963

 29 Faisal I of Iraq

Faisal I of Iraq.
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Famous As: King of Iraq
Birthdate: May 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: September 8, 1933
Faisal I, the first king of Iraq, led a new wave of Arab nationalism during World War I. Son of the Grand Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali, Faisal united the Shias and Sunnis. His friendship with Britain led to several treaties, including Iraq’s membership in the League of Nations.

 30 Ezra

Ezra
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Famous As: Scribe
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Babylon

 31 Khosrau II

Khosrau II
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0590 AD
Birthplace: Ctesiphon
Died: February 28, 0628

 32 Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: February 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tikrit
Died: January 15, 2007

 33 Nur ad-Din

Nur ad-Din
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: January 31, 1118
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: May 15, 1174

 34 Qusay Hussein

Qusay Hussein.
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Famous As: Son of Saddam Hussein
Birthdate: May 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baghdad
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.

 35 'Abd al-Ilah

'Abd al-Ilah
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 14, 1958

 36 Nehemiah

Nehemiah
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Babylon

 37 Tiglath-pileser III

Tiglath-pileser III
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: 0727 AD

 38 Al-Mustaʿṣim

Al-Mustaʿṣim
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Famous As: Caliph
Birthdate: 1213 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 20, 1258

 39 Al-Muʿtaṣim

Al-Muʿtaṣim
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Famous As: ʿAbbāsid caliph
Birthdate: September 30, 0796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: January 5, 0842

 40 Idris

Idris
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Babylon

 41 Abū Ḥanīfah

Abū Ḥanīfah
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 5, 0698
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kūfah, Iraq
Died: June 14, 0767

 42 Al-Jāḥiẓ

Al-Jāḥiẓ
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Famous As: Theologian and scholar
Birthdate: 0776 AD
Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
Died: 0868 AD

 43 Ahmad Sanjar

Ahmad Sanjar
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1085 AD
Birthplace: Sinjar, Iraq
Died: May 8, 1157

 44 Sennacherib

Sennacherib.
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Famous As: Military Commander, King
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.

 45 Mustafa al-Barzani

Mustafa al-Barzani
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barzan, Iraq
Died: March 1, 1979

 46 Nabopolassar

Nabopolassar
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0658 BC
Died: 0605 BC

 47 Terah

Terah.
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Famous As: Abraham's Father
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.

 48 Esarhaddon

Esarhaddon
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Famous As: Sennacherib's son, king
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Harran
Died: 0669 BC

 49 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: July 4, 2010

 50 Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf

Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
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Famous As: politician, diplomat, journalist
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Hillah