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
Qusay HusseinQusay Hussein
17 May 1966
Son of Saddam Hussein

Charles SaatchiCharles Saatchi
09 June 1943
Businessman

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
Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal
0780 AD
Jurist

Haider al-AbadiHaider al-Abadi
1952 AD
75th Prime Minister of Iraq

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

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
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
Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr
12 August 1973
Politician

RachelRachel
Jacob's wife
Muhammad al-MahdiMuhammad al-Mahdi
19 July 0868
Imam

EzraEzra
 

NehemiahNehemiah
 
NehemiahNehemiah
 

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Nadia MuradNadia Murad
1993 AD
Human rights activist
Ali al-SistaniAli al-Sistani
04 August 1930
Theologian, Akhoond

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

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

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941
Politician, Diplomat
Ahmed Hassan al-BakrAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
01 July 1914
Politician, Military personnel
Abd al-Karim QasimAbd al-Karim Qasim
21 November 1914
Military personnel

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

Faisal II of IraqFaisal II of Iraq
02 May 1935
King

Izzat Ibrahim al-DouriIzzat Ibrahim al-Douri
01 July 1942
Politician, Military personnel
Jim Al-KhaliliJim Al-Khalili
20 September 1962
Physicist

BelshazzarBelshazzar
king

Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
12 November 1933
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer

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

Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan
0877 AD
Traveler
ZedekiahZedekiah
0618 BC
King of Judah

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-SadrMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
23 March 1941
theologian

Dar SalimDar Salim
18 August 1977
Actor

EnheduannaEnheduanna
2285 BC
Poet
Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid
01 January 1907
politician

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
 
Yitzhak KaduriYitzhak Kaduri
1898 AD
Rabbi

Muhammad ibn Jarir al-TabariMuhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari
0838 AD
Historian

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

Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
0880 BC
Ashurnasirpal II's son
Al-BattaniAl-Battani
0858 AD
Astronomer

Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani
02 March 1969
Prime Minister
Khosrau IIKhosrau II
0590 AD
king

Qutayba ibn MuslimQutayba ibn Muslim
0669 AD
Military commander

Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi
31 August 1969
writer, activist
IdrisIdris
Prophet

Yasser Al-HabibYasser Al-Habib
20 January 1979
Cleric
FuzûlîFuzûlî
1483 AD
Poet

Hormuzd RassamHormuzd Rassam
1826 AD
Archaeologist

Tiglath-Pileser ITiglath-Pileser I
1114 BC
 
Ahmad SanjarAhmad Sanjar
1085 AD
Ruler

Khosrau IKhosrau I
0501 AD
King
Nuri as-SaidNuri as-Said
30 November 1888
Politician

Shalmaneser IShalmaneser I
1274 BC
King

Sabawi Ibrahim al-TikritiSabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti
 

Mohammad Bahr al-UlloumMohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
 
Muhammad Mahdi al-JawahiriMuhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri
26 July 1900
Poet
Hoshyar ZebariHoshyar Zebari
 

Nebuchadrezzar IINebuchadrezzar II
0634 BC
king

Abdul Karim QassimAbdul Karim Qassim
21 November 1914
Political leader

RafiRafi al-Issawi
02 March 1966
Politician
Mustafa al-BarzaniMustafa al-Barzani
14 March 1903
Politician

Al-KindīAl-Kindī
0801 AD
Philosopher

Al-KindīAl-Kindī
0801 AD
Philosopher

Ali al-MasudiAli al-Masudi
0896 AD
Historian

Abū ḤanīfahAbū Ḥanīfah
05 September 0698
Theologian
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-MuʿtaḍidAl-Muʿtaḍid
0857 AD
Ruler
Al-MaʾmūnAl-Maʾmūn
14 September 0786
Caliph of Baghdad