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
Uday HusseinUday Hussein
18 June 1964
Saddam Hussein’s Son

NimrodNimrod
 
Biblical Figure

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
Qusay HusseinQusay Hussein
17 May 1966
Son of Saddam Hussein

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

Sajida TalfahSajida Talfah
24 June 1937
Wife of Saddam Hussein

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

Ahmed ChalabiAhmed Chalabi
30 October 1944
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Mullah KrekarMullah Krekar
07 July 1956
Founder of the terrorist organization Ansar

Ibn-al-HaythamIbn-al-Haytham
01 July 0965
Scientist, Physicist, Mathematician

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

GilgameshGilgamesh
3500 BC
 
Alia ShawkatAlia Shawkat
18 April 1989
Actress

Nadia MuradNadia Murad
1993 AD
Human rights activist

Husayn ibn AliHusayn ibn Ali
08 January 0626
Imam
SarahSarah
1803 BC
Abraham's wife

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

Muhammad al-MahdiMuhammad al-Mahdi
19 July 0868
Imam

EzraEzra
 

NehemiahNehemiah
 
NehemiahNehemiah
 
Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr
12 August 1973
Politician

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

TerahTerah
1883 BC
Abraham's father

Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal
0780 AD
Jurist
Muhammad Saeed al-SahhafMuhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
1940 AD
politician, diplomat, journalist

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Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941
Politician, Diplomat

Ahmed Hassan al-BakrAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
01 July 1914
Politician, Military personnel

SennacheribSennacherib
0740 BC
Military commander

AshurbanipalAshurbanipal
0687 BC
King
Faisal II of IraqFaisal II of Iraq
02 May 1935
King

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist
Ali Hassan al-MajidAli Hassan al-Majid
30 November 1941
politician

BelshazzarBelshazzar
king

Jim Al-KhaliliJim Al-Khalili
20 September 1962
Physicist
Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan
0877 AD
Traveler

Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
12 November 1933
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
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

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician

ZedekiahZedekiah
0618 BC
King of Judah

Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid
01 January 1907
politician
Barzan Ibrahim al-TikritiBarzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
17 February 1951
Politician, Diplomat

Dar SalimDar Salim
18 August 1977
Actor

EnheduannaEnheduanna
2285 BC
Poet

EsarhaddonEsarhaddon
Sennacherib's son, king
NabopolassarNabopolassar
0658 BC
king

Abu NuwasAbu Nuwas
0756 AD
Poet
Ur-NammuUr-Nammu
King

ReubenReuben
1569 BC
 

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

Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
0880 BC
Ashurnasirpal II's son
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-SadrMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
23 March 1941
theologian

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
0858 AD
Astronomer

Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani
 
Khosrau IIKhosrau II
0590 AD
king

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

Yasser Al-HabibYasser Al-Habib
20 January 1979
Cleric

FuzûlîFuzûlî
1483 AD
Poet

Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi
31 August 1969
writer, activist
Tiglath-Pileser ITiglath-Pileser I
1114 BC
 
Khosrau IKhosrau I
0501 AD
King

Shalmaneser IShalmaneser I
1274 BC
King

Sabawi Ibrahim al-TikritiSabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti
 

Mohammad Bahr al-UlloumMohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
 
Hoshyar ZebariHoshyar Zebari
 

GeberGeber
0721 AD
Polymath

Nebuchadrezzar IINebuchadrezzar II
0634 BC
king

Abdul Karim QassimAbdul Karim Qassim
21 November 1914
Political leader

RafiRafi
 
Al-KindīAl-Kindī
0801 AD
Philosopher

Al-KindīAl-Kindī
0801 AD
Philosopher
Abū ḤanīfahAbū Ḥanīfah
05 September 0698
Theologian

Ali al-MasudiAli al-Masudi
0896 AD
Historian

Muntadhar al ZaidiMuntadhar al Zaidi
15 January 1979
Broadcast Journalist
Muqtada al SadrMuqtada al Sadr
12 August 1974
Politician

Abul WáfaAbul Wáfa
10 June 0940
Persian mathematician
Nur ad-DinNur ad-Din
31 January 1118
Emir

Al-MaʾmūnAl-Maʾmūn
14 September 0786
Caliph of Baghdad

Tiglat-pileser IIITiglat-pileser III
0780 BC
King

Abu Hanifa an-Nu‘manAbu Hanifa an-Nu‘man
05 September 0699
Imam