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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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Gilgamesh
(5th king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk)
Gilgamesh
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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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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 (2334-2279 BC))
Sargon of Akkad
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Birthplace: Akkadian Empire
Died: 2279 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.

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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.

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Saddam Hussein
(5th President of Iraq (1979-2003))
Saddam Hussein
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Listed In: Leaders
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
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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.

Nebuchadrezzar II
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Birthdate: 0634 BC
Died: 0562 BC
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Sarah
(Abraham's wife)
Sarah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Ur of the Chaldees
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Ibn-al-Haytham
(Arab Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist of the Islamic Golden Age)
Ibn-al-Haytham
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Listed In: Scientists
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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Tariq Aziz
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)
Tariq Aziz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Keppe
Died: June 5, 2015
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Ahmad ibn Fadlan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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
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Jim Al-Khalili
(Physicist)
Jim Al-Khalili
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Listed In: Scientists
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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Listed In: Leaders
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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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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Alia Shawkat
(Actress)
Alia Shawkat
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Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riverside, California, USA
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Nadira
(Indian actress)
Nadira
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Birthdate: December 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 9, 2006
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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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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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Nadia Murad
(Human rights activist)
Nadia Murad
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Kocho, Iraq
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Uday Hussein
(Saddam Hussein’s Son)
Uday Hussein
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Abd al-Karim Qasim
(Political leader)
Abd al-Karim Qasim
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 9, 1963
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Charles Saatchi
(Businessman)
Charles Saatchi
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Listed In: Business People
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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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Babylon
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Nehemiah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Babylon
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Al-Mustaʿṣim
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1213 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 20, 1258
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Adnan Al-Kaissie
(Iraqi former professional wrestler and manager)
Adnan Al-Kaissie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
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Qusay Hussein
(Son of Saddam Hussein)
Qusay Hussein
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Nabopolassar
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Birthdate: 0658 BC
Died: 0605 BC
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Ezra
(Priest)
Ezra
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0480 BC
Birthplace: Babylon
Died: 0440 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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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0915 AD
Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
Died: September 3, 0965
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Sajida Talfah
(Wife of Saddam Hussein)
Sajida Talfah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

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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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Listed In: Leaders
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
(Sennacherib's son, king)
Esarhaddon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Harran
Died: 0669 BC
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Hillel the Elder
(Jewish scholar)
Hillel the Elder
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0110 AD
Birthplace: Babylonia
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Raghad Hussein
(Politician)
Raghad Hussein
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
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Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
(Political figure)
Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: July 4, 2010
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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
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tikrīt, Iraq
Died: October 4, 1982
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Ur-Nammu
(King)
Ur-Nammu
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Listed In: Leaders
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Al-Muʿtaṣim
(ʿAbbāsid caliph)
Al-Muʿtaṣim
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: January 5, 0842
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Muqtada al-Sadr
(Politician)
Muqtada al-Sadr
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Listed In: Leaders
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.
Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 0869
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abbasid Samarra
Died: July 4, 0874