Iraqi

Think of Iraqis and the first name that strikes the mind is that of the notorious dictator Saddam Hussein. And why not, for he remained the face of Iraq for almost two decades, presiding over the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War. The brutality of this condemned man was finally over in 2003 when US invaded Iraq and dethroned him from power. Saddam was hanged to death in 2006 following charges of killing 148 Iraqi Shi’ites. However, Saddam Hussein is not the only famous Iraqi of the country. Nouri al-Maliki, a world leader and politician, served as the prime minister of Iraq. He was responsible for drafting Iraq’s constitution. He also played a key role in drafting the Status of Forces agreement with the United States that mandated American forces be out of Iraqi cities by June 2009. Ignatius Zakka is yet another prominent Iraqi figure. A religious leader, he dedicated his entire life for bridging the gap between the different Christian churches. In 1980, he served as the head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. And who can forget the contribution made by Iraqi architect, Hisham N. Ashkouri, an urban planner who was the key to the reconstruction of Kabul. With this segment, find out more about famous Iraqis, their life and their works.

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 1 Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein.
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Listed In: Leaders
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 Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riverside, California, USA
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 3 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.

 4 Nimrod

Nimrod.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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 Sarah

Sarah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Abraham's wife
Birthdate: 1803 BC
Died: 1838 BC
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 8 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.

 9 Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi.
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Listed In: Business People
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.

 10 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. 

 11 Sajida Talfah

Sajida Talfah.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Wife of Saddam Hussein
Birthdate: June 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tikrit, Iraq

Married to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, Sajida Talfah was also his first cousin. Theirs was an arranged marriage fixed before the two were even 10. Fond of her luxurious lifestyle, Sajida also often mistreated her servants. She disappeared during the Gulf War, like many other fugitives.

 12 Ahmad ibn Hanbal

Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 13 Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi

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

 14 Sennacherib

Sennacherib.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 15 Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 16 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.

 17 Terah

Terah.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 18 Ali al-Sistani

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

 19 Jim Al-Khalili

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

 20 Al-Kindī

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

 21 Jalal Talabani

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

 22 Ali Hassan al-Majid

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

 23 Zedekiah

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

 24 Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: July 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aldor, Iraq
Died: October 26, 2020

 25 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

 26 Nebuchadnezzar I

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

 27 Nebuchadrezzar II

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

 28 Ahmed Chalabi

Ahmed Chalabi.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 29 Muntadhar al Zaidi

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

 30 Uday Hussein

Uday Hussein.
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 31 Abd al-Karim Qasim

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

 32 Enheduanna

Enheduanna
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 2285 BC
Birthplace: Mesopotamia
Died: 2250 BC

 33 Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Kocho, Iraq

 34 Masoud Barzani

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

 35 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.

 36 Tiglath-pileser III

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

 37 Khosrau II

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

 38 Ezra

Ezra
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Scribe
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Babylon

 39 Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti

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

 40 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

 41 Qusay Hussein

Qusay Hussein.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

 42 '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

 43 Nehemiah

Nehemiah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Babylon

 44 Al-Mustaʿṣim

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

 45 Esarhaddon

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

 46 Al-Muʿtaṣim

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

 47 Al-Jāḥiẓ

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

 48 Idris

Idris
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Babylon

 49 Mustafa al-Barzani

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

 50 Ahmad Sanjar

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