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.
Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein
28 April 1937
Dictator & President of Iraq
GilgameshGilgamesh
 
5th king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk

NimrodNimrod
 
Biblical Figure

Uday HusseinUday Hussein
18 June 1964
Saddam Hussein’s Son

Sargon of AkkadSargon of Akkad
2340 BC
The First King of the Akkadian Empire

Charles SaatchiCharles Saatchi
09 June 1943
Businessman
HammurabiHammurabi
1810 BC
Babylon King

Faisal I of IraqFaisal I of Iraq
20 May 1885
King of Iraq

Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal
0780 AD
Jurist
Qusay HusseinQusay Hussein
17 May 1966
Son of Saddam Hussein

TerahTerah
1883 BC
Abraham's Father
Sajida TalfahSajida Talfah
24 June 1937
Wife of Saddam Hussein

SennacheribSennacherib
0740 BC
Military Commander, King

AshurbanipalAshurbanipal
0685 BC
Last Great Ruler of the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Nouri Al-MalikiNouri al-Maliki
20 June 1950
Former Prime Minister of Iraq

Ahmed ChalabiAhmed Chalabi
30 October 1944
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-AbadiHaider al-Abadi
1952 AD
75th Prime Minister of Iraq

Mullah KrekarMullah Krekar
07 July 1956
Founder of the terrorist organization Ansar

Noor StarsNoor Stars
21 June 1997
YouTuber

Nadia CohenNadia Cohen
 
Eli Cohen's Wife
Ibn-al-HaythamIbn-al-Haytham
01 July 0965
Scientist, Physicist, Mathematician

Alia ShawkatAlia Shawkat
18 April 1989
Actress
Husayn ibn AliHusayn ibn Ali
08 January 0626
Imam

SarahSarah
1803 BC
Abraham's wife

RachelRachel
Jacob's wife
Abu Musab al-ZarqawiAbu Musab al-Zarqawi
20 October 1966
Jihadist

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941
Politician, Diplomat
EzraEzra
 

Hujjat-Allah al-MahdiHujjat-Allah al-Mahdi
28 July 0869
Imam

Hillel the ElderHillel the Elder
0110 AD
Jewish scholar
NehemiahNehemiah
 

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NehemiahNehemiah
 
Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

Nadia MuradNadia Murad
1993 AD
Human rights activist

Jim Al-KhaliliJim Al-Khalili
20 September 1962
Physicist

Muhammad Saeed al-SahhafMuhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
1940 AD
politician, diplomat, journalist
BelshazzarBelshazzar
king
Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan
0877 AD
Traveler

ZedekiahZedekiah
0618 BC
King of Judah

Faisal II of IraqFaisal II of Iraq
02 May 1935
King

Ahmed Hassan al-BakrAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
01 July 1914
Politician, Military personnel
Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr
12 August 1973
Politician

Ali al-SistaniAli al-Sistani
04 August 1930
Theologian, Akhoond

Ali Hassan al-MajidAli Hassan al-Majid
30 November 1941
politician

EnheduannaEnheduanna
2285 BC
Poet

Izzat Ibrahim al-DouriIzzat Ibrahim al-Douri
01 July 1942
Politician, Military personnel
Abd al-Karim QasimAbd al-Karim Qasim
21 November 1914
Military personnel

Muhammad al-MahdiMuhammad al-Mahdi
19 July 0868
Imam
Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
12 November 1933
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer

Barzan Ibrahim al-TikritiBarzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
17 February 1951
Politician, Diplomat

Abu NuwasAbu Nuwas
0756 AD
Poet
Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid
01 January 1907
politician

EsarhaddonEsarhaddon
Sennacherib's son, king
Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician

NabopolassarNabopolassar
0658 BC
king

Ibn al-JawziIbn al-Jawzi
1116 AD
Hagiographer

Ur-NammuUr-Nammu
King

Saadia GaonSaadia Gaon
30 June 0882
Rabbi
Al-MutanabbiAl-Mutanabbi
0915 AD
Poet

Abdul Salam ArifAbdul Salam Arif
21 March 1921
President

Rashid Ali al-GaylaniRashid Ali al-Gaylani
1892 AD
Politician

Mohammad Hussein FadlallahMohammad Hussein Fadlallah
16 November 1935
Political figure
Yitzhak KaduriYitzhak Kaduri
1898 AD
Rabbi

Muhammad ibn Jarir al-TabariMuhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari
0838 AD
Historian
Adnan KhairallahAdnan Khairallah
 

Ayad AllawiAyad Allawi
31 May 1944
Politician

NadiraNadira
05 December 1932
Indian actress
Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
0880 BC
Ashurnasirpal II's son

Dar SalimDar Salim
18 August 1977
Actor
Ali ibn al-AthirAli ibn al-Athir
1160 AD
Historian

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
0858 AD
Astronomer

ReubenReuben
1569 BC
 
Hunayn ibn IshaqHunayn ibn Ishaq
0809 AD
Translator

Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-FarahidiAl-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi
0718 AD
Philologist
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-SadrMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
23 March 1941
theologian

Ahmad SanjarAhmad Sanjar
1085 AD
Ruler

Qutayba ibn MuslimQutayba ibn Muslim
0669 AD
Military commander

Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani
02 March 1969
Prime Minister
Isaac of NinevehIsaac of Nineveh
0613 AD
Bishop
Khosrau IIKhosrau II
0590 AD
king

Yasser Al-HabibYasser Al-Habib
20 January 1979
Cleric

Ibrahim al-JaafariIbrahim al-Jaafari
25 March 1947
Politician, Diplomat

Hormizd IVHormizd IV
0540 AD
King
Tiglath-Pileser ITiglath-Pileser I
1114 BC
 

IdrisIdris
Prophet

Ibn QutaybahIbn Qutaybah
0828 AD
Islamic scholar

Hormuzd RassamHormuzd Rassam
1826 AD
Archaeologist

Baha ad-Din ibn ShaddadBaha ad-Din ibn Shaddad
05 March 1145
Jurist
Al-Hariri of BasraAl-Hariri of Basra
1054 AD
Islamic scholar

Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi
31 August 1969
writer, activist
Shalmaneser IShalmaneser I
1274 BC
King

Khosrau IKhosrau I
0501 AD
King
FuzûlîFuzûlî
1483 AD
Poet
Allamah Al-HilliAllamah Al-Hilli
15 December 1250
Author