Famous Iraqi Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 
Al-Kindī
(Father of Arab philosophy)
Al-Kindī
4
Birthdate: 0801 AD
Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
Died: 0873 AD
 2 
Abū Ḥanīfah
(Theologian)
Abū Ḥanīfah
4
Birthdate: September 5, 0698
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kūfah, Iraq
Died: June 14, 0767
 3 
Al-Jāḥiẓ
(Theologian and scholar)
Al-Jāḥiẓ
3
Birthdate: 0776 AD
Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
Died: 0868 AD
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 4 
Al-Masudi
(Historian)
Al-Masudi
3
Birthdate: 0896 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: August 31, 0956
 5 
Ahmad ibn Hanbal
4
Birthdate: 0780 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0855 AD

Ahmad ibn Hanbal was an Arab Muslim theologian, jurist, hadith traditionist, and ascetic. He is credited with founding one of the four prominent legal schools of Sunni Islam, the Hanbali school of Sunni jurisprudence. A highly active and influential scholar, Ahmad ibn Hanbal is widely regarded as one of the most respected intellectual personalities in the history of Islam.

 6 
Hunayn ibn Ishaq
(Translator)
Hunayn ibn Ishaq
2
Birthdate: 0809 AD
Birthplace: al-Ḥīrah, Iraq
Died: 0873 AD
 7 
Ali ibn al-Athir
(Historian)
Ali ibn al-Athir
2
Birthdate: 1160 AD
Birthplace: Cizre, Turkey
Died: 1233 AD
Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi
2
Birthdate: 0718 AD
Birthplace: Oman
Died: 0791 AD
 9 
Al-Ash'ari
(Theologian)
Al-Ash'ari
2
Birthdate: 0874 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 0936 AD
 10 
Hillel the Elder
(Jewish scholar)
Hillel the Elder
4
Birthdate: 0110 AD
Birthplace: Babylonia
 11 
Hormuzd Rassam
(Archaeologist)
Hormuzd Rassam
2
Birthdate: 1826 AD
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: September 16, 1910
 12 
Ali al-Sistani
(Theologian, Akhoond)
Ali al-Sistani
7
Birthdate: August 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mashhad
 13 
Ibn Qutaybah
(Islamic scholar)
Ibn Qutaybah
2
Birthdate: 0828 AD
Birthplace: Kūfah, Iraq
Died: November 13, 0889
 14 
Al-Hariri of Basra
(Islamic scholar)
Al-Hariri of Basra
2
Birthdate: 1054 AD
Birthplace: near Basra, Iraq
Died: September 9, 1122
Baha ad-Din ibn Shaddad
2
Birthdate: March 5, 1145
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: November 8, 1234
 16 
Ibn Waḥshīyah
(Alchemist)
Ibn Waḥshīyah
2
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: 0930 AD
 17 
Al-Balādhurī
(Historian)
Al-Balādhurī
2
Birthdate: 0820 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad
Died: 0892 AD
 18 
Al-Yaʿqūbī
(Historian and geographer)
Al-Yaʿqūbī
2
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0897 AD
 19 
ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Hakim
(Iraqi Politician and Theologian)
ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Hakim
2
Birthdate: January 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: August 26, 2009

ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Hakim was an Iraqi politician and theologian. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Governing Council of Iraq in 2003. A prominent political leader, ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Hakim also served as the leader of a Shia Islamist political party called Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.  

 20 
Aphraates
(Author)
Aphraates
1
Birthdate: 0280 AD
Birthplace: Asuristan
Died: 0345 AD
 21 
Harith al-Muhasibi
1
Birthdate: 0781 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 0857 AD
 22 
Mīr Dāmād
(Islamic philosopher)
Mīr Dāmād
1
Birthdate: 1561 AD
Birthplace: Gorgan, Iran
Died: 1631 AD
 23 
Ibn Aqil
(Theologian)
Ibn Aqil
1
Birthdate: 1040 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 1119 AD
 24 
Al-Asmaʿi
(Author)
Al-Asmaʿi
1
Birthdate: 0740 AD
Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
Died: 0828 AD
 25 
Saadia Gaon
3
Birthdate: 0882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arab Caliphate
Died: May 21, 0942
 26 
Hisham ibn al-Kalbi
1
Birthdate: 0737 AD
Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
Died: 0819 AD
 27 
Abu Mikhnaf
(Historian, Writer)
Abu Mikhnaf
0
Birthdate: 0709 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0774 AD
 28 
Al-Kisa'i
(Scientist, Linguist)
Al-Kisa'i
0
Birthdate: 0737 AD
Birthplace: Al-Kūfah, Irāq
Died: 0804 AD
 29 
Ibrahim al-Nazzam
(Theologian)
Ibrahim al-Nazzam
1
Birthdate: 0775 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 0845 AD
 30 
Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Died: December 12, 1994
 31 
Isaac of Nineveh
2
Birthdate: 0613 AD
Birthplace: Qatar
Died: 0700 AD
 32 
Ibn Duraid
1
Birthdate: 0837 AD
Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
Died: August 3, 0933
 33 
Philoxenus of Mabbug
(Prose writer)
Philoxenus of Mabbug
1
Birthdate: 0440 AD
Birthplace: Tahal, Iraq
Died: 0523 AD
 34 
Ibn Jinni
(Linguist)
Ibn Jinni
0
Birthdate: 0932 AD
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: 1002 AD
 35 
Al-Mubarrad
(Biographer)
Al-Mubarrad
1
Birthdate: March 25, 0826
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: September 30, 0898
 36 
Al-Farraʼ
(Linguist, Philologist)
Al-Farraʼ
0
Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
 37 
Abu Ubaidah
(Scholar)
Abu Ubaidah
0
Birthdate: 0728 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 0825 AD
 38 
Theodore Bar Konai
1
Birthdate: 0901 AD
Birthplace: Kaskar, Iraq
Died: 0950 AD
 39 
Lihadh Al-Gazali
(Scientists)
Lihadh Al-Gazali
1
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Amarah, Iraq
 40 
Muhammad ibn Falah
(Theologian)
Muhammad ibn Falah
0
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Wasit, Iraq
Died: 1461 AD
 41 
Ibn al-A'rabi
(Islamicist, Scientist, Philologist, Writer)
Ibn al-A'rabi
0
Birthplace: Kufa al-Kūfah, Iraq
 42 
Raphael I Bidawid
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: July 7, 2003
 43 
Ibn Abi Asrun
(Theologian)
Ibn Abi Asrun
0
Birthdate: 1100
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hadithah, Iraq
Died: October 31, 1189