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

Uday HusseinUday Hussein
18 June 1964
Saddam Hussein’s Son

NimrodNimrod
 
Biblical Figure

MethuselahMethuselah
3317 BC
 

Sargon of AkkadSargon of Akkad
2340 BC
The First King of the Akkadian Empire
SennacheribSennacherib
0740 BC
Military Commander, King

HammurabiHammurabi
1810 BC
Babylon King

Charles SaatchiCharles Saatchi
09 June 1943
Businessman
Faisal I of IraqFaisal I of Iraq
20 May 1885
King of Iraq

Qusay HusseinQusay Hussein
17 May 1966
Son of Saddam Hussein
Ibn-al-HaythamIbn-al-Haytham
01 July 0965
Mathematician

Sajida TalfahSajida Talfah
24 June 1937
Wife of Saddam Hussein

TerahTerah
1883 BC
Abraham's Father

Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal
0780 AD
Jurist

AshurbanipalAshurbanipal
0685 BC
Last Great Ruler of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr
12 August 1973
Politician

Ahmed ChalabiAhmed Chalabi
30 October 1944
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq

Nouri Al-MalikiNouri al-Maliki
20 June 1950
Former 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

Nadia CohenNadia Cohen
 
Eli Cohen's Wife
Noor StarsNoor Stars
21 June 1997
YouTuber

Alia ShawkatAlia Shawkat
18 April 1989
Actress

Nebuchadrezzar IINebuchadrezzar II
0634 BC
king
SarahSarah
1803 BC
Abraham's wife

Abū ḤanīfahAbū Ḥanīfah
05 September 0698
Theologian
Ahmad SanjarAhmad Sanjar
1085 AD
Ruler

EzraEzra
Scribe

Raghad HusseinRaghad Hussein
02 September 1968
Politician
IdrisIdris
Prophet

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Faisal II of IraqFaisal II of Iraq
02 May 1935
King
Hujjat-Allah al-MahdiHujjat-Allah al-Mahdi
28 July 0869
Imam

NehemiahNehemiah
 

Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan
0877 AD
Traveler

ZedekiahZedekiah
0618 BC
King of Judah
Nadia MuradNadia Murad
1993 AD
Human rights activist
Aḥmad Ḥasan al-BakrAḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr
01 July 1914
Politician

Hillel the ElderHillel the Elder
0110 AD
Jewish scholar

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

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

Al-KindīAl-Kindī
0801 AD
Philosopher

Ali Hassan al-MajidAli Hassan al-Majid
30 November 1941
Military officer

Khosrau IIKhosrau II
0590 AD
king

Abd al-Karim QasimAbd al-Karim Qasim
21 November 1914
Political leader
NadiraNadira
05 December 1932
Indian actress

Al-MaʾmūnAl-Maʾmūn
14 September 0786
Caliph of Baghdad
Izzat Ibrahim al-DouriIzzat Ibrahim al-Douri
01 July 1942
Politician, Military personnel

Muhammad Saeed al-SahhafMuhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
1940 AD
politician, diplomat, journalist

EnheduannaEnheduanna
2285 BC
Poet
Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
12 November 1933
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer

'Abd al-Ilah'Abd al-Ilah
14 November 1913
King
Nebuchadnezzar INebuchadnezzar I
1125 AD
King

Nur ad-DinNur ad-Din
31 January 1118
Ruler

Jim Al-KhaliliJim Al-Khalili
20 September 1962
Physicist

Al-MustaʿṣimAl-Mustaʿṣim
1213 AD
Caliph

Muntadhar al ZaidiMuntadhar al Zaidi
15 January 1979
Broadcast Journalist
Barzan Ibrahim al-TikritiBarzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
17 February 1951
Politician, Diplomat

Al-MuʿtaṣimAl-Muʿtaṣim
30 September 0796
ʿAbbāsid caliph

EsarhaddonEsarhaddon
Sennacherib's son, king

Tiglath-pileser IIITiglath-pileser III
King
Ur-NammuUr-Nammu
King

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician
NabopolassarNabopolassar
0658 BC
king

Al-AmīnAl-Amīn
14 April 0787
Caliph

Al-MutawakkilAl-Mutawakkil
31 March 0822
Caliph of Baghdad
Adnan KhairallahAdnan Khairallah
 

Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid
01 January 1907
politician
Abdul Salam ArifAbdul Salam Arif
21 March 1921
President

ʿAbd al-Rahman ʿArifʿAbd al-Rahman ʿArif
14 April 1916
President

Al-JāḥiẓAl-Jāḥiẓ
0776 AD
Theologian and scholar
Rashid Ali al-GaylaniRashid Ali al-Gaylani
1892 AD
Politician

Al-Ash'ariAl-Ash'ari
0874 AD
Theologian
Al-MasudiAl-Masudi
0896 AD
Historian

Abu NuwasAbu Nuwas
0756 AD
Poet

Ashurnasirpal IIAshurnasirpal II
King

Mustafa al-BarzaniMustafa al-Barzani
14 March 1903
Politician
Ibn al-JawziIbn al-Jawzi
1116 AD
Hagiographer
Ayad AllawiAyad Allawi
31 May 1944
Politician

Nuri as-SaidNuri as-Said
30 November 1888
Politician

Mohammad Hussein FadlallahMohammad Hussein Fadlallah
16 November 1935
Political figure

Al-MutanabbiAl-Mutanabbi
0915 AD
Poet
Selim BayraktarSelim Bayraktar
17 June 1975
Actor

Al-HādīAl-Hādī
26 April 0764
Caliph of Baghdad

Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
0880 BC
Ashurnasirpal II's son

Saadia GaonSaadia Gaon
30 June 0882
Rabbi

Yitzhak KaduriYitzhak Kaduri
1898 AD
Rabbi
Shalmaneser VShalmaneser V
King

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
0858 AD
Astronomer
Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani
02 March 1969
Prime Minister

Riyadh KhalafRiyadh Khalaf
07 February 1991
Television producer
Isaac of NinevehIsaac of Nineveh
0613 AD
Bishop
Al-MuʿtaḍidAl-Muʿtaḍid
0857 AD
Ruler