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

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

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

Qusay HusseinQusay Hussein
17 May 1966
Son of Saddam Hussein

Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal
0780 AD
Jurist
Faisal I of IraqFaisal I of Iraq
20 May 1885
King of Iraq

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

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

Nadia CohenNadia Cohen
 
Eli Cohen's Wife

Noor StarsNoor Stars
21 June 1997
YouTuber
Ibn-al-HaythamIbn-al-Haytham
01 July 0965
Scientist, Physicist, Mathematician

Alia ShawkatAlia Shawkat
18 April 1989
Actress
SarahSarah
1803 BC
Abraham's wife

RachelRachel
Jacob's wife

Nadia MuradNadia Murad
1993 AD
Human rights activist
EzraEzra
 

NehemiahNehemiah
 
NehemiahNehemiah
 

Hillel the ElderHillel the Elder
0110 AD
Jewish scholar

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist
Faisal II of IraqFaisal II of Iraq
02 May 1935
King

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Muhammad Saeed al-SahhafMuhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
1940 AD
politician, diplomat, journalist
Jim Al-KhaliliJim Al-Khalili
20 September 1962
Physicist

BelshazzarBelshazzar
king

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

Ahmed Hassan al-BakrAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
01 July 1914
Politician, Military personnel
Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan
0877 AD
Traveler
ZedekiahZedekiah
0618 BC
King of Judah

Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr
12 August 1973
Politician

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

Izzat Ibrahim al-DouriIzzat Ibrahim al-Douri
01 July 1942
Politician, Military personnel
Ali al-SistaniAli al-Sistani
04 August 1930
Theologian, Akhoond

EnheduannaEnheduanna
2285 BC
Poet

Abd al-Karim QasimAbd al-Karim Qasim
21 November 1914
Political leader

Nebuchadnezzar INebuchadnezzar I
1125 AD
King

Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
12 November 1933
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
Barzan Ibrahim al-TikritiBarzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
17 February 1951
Politician, Diplomat

Muhammad al-MahdiMuhammad al-Mahdi
19 July 0868
Imam
Abu NuwasAbu Nuwas
0756 AD
Poet

EsarhaddonEsarhaddon
Sennacherib's son, king

Al-MutawakkilAl-Mutawakkil
31 March 0822
Caliph of Baghdad
NabopolassarNabopolassar
0658 BC
king

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician
Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid
01 January 1907
politician

Al-MutanabbiAl-Mutanabbi
0915 AD
Poet

Ur-NammuUr-Nammu
King

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

Ibn al-JawziIbn al-Jawzi
1116 AD
Hagiographer
Abdul Salam ArifAbdul Salam Arif
21 March 1921
President

NadiraNadira
05 December 1932
Indian actress

Saadia GaonSaadia Gaon
30 June 0882
Rabbi

Mohammad Hussein FadlallahMohammad Hussein Fadlallah
16 November 1935
Political figure
Dar SalimDar Salim
18 August 1977
Actor

Ayad AllawiAyad Allawi
31 May 1944
Politician
Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
0880 BC
Ashurnasirpal II's son

Adnan KhairallahAdnan Khairallah
 

ReubenReuben
1569 BC
 
Yitzhak KaduriYitzhak Kaduri
1898 AD
Rabbi

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
0858 AD
Astronomer
Shalmaneser VShalmaneser V
King

Isaac of NinevehIsaac of Nineveh
0613 AD
Bishop

Ali ibn al-AthirAli ibn al-Athir
1160 AD
Historian
Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-FarahidiAl-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi
0718 AD
Philologist

Ahmad SanjarAhmad Sanjar
1085 AD
Ruler
Hunayn ibn IshaqHunayn ibn Ishaq
0809 AD
Translator

Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani
02 March 1969
Prime Minister

Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-SadrMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
23 March 1941
theologian

Qutayba ibn MuslimQutayba ibn Muslim
0669 AD
Military commander
IdrisIdris
Prophet
Lugal-zage-siLugal-zage-si
2359 AD
King

Muhammad Mahdi al-JawahiriMuhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri
26 July 1900
Poet

Khosrau IIKhosrau II
0590 AD
king

Al-NasirAl-Nasir
06 August 1158
Caliph of Baghdad
Yasser Al-HabibYasser Al-Habib
20 January 1979
Cleric

Ibrahim al-JaafariIbrahim al-Jaafari
25 March 1947
Politician

Hormizd IVHormizd IV
0540 AD
King

Thābit ibn QurraThābit ibn Qurra
0836 AD
Mathematician

Tiglath-Pileser ITiglath-Pileser I
1114 BC
 
Al-MuktafiAl-Muktafi
0877 AD
Ruler

Al-MawardiAl-Mawardi
0972 AD
Jurist
Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi
31 August 1969
writer, activist

Ibn QutaybahIbn Qutaybah
0828 AD
Islamic scholar
Hormuzd RassamHormuzd Rassam
1826 AD
Archaeologist
Khosrau IKhosrau I
0501 AD
King