Famous Turkish Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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 1 Murad IV

Murad IV
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Famous As: Ottoman Sultan
Birthdate: July 26, 1612
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: February 8, 1640

Murad IV, who ruled as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623 to 1640, was infamous for his cruelty. He took over the throne at 11 and subsequently came to be known for his exploits in the Ottoman–Safavid War, which changed the map of the Caucasus.

 2 Mustafa I

Mustafa I
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 1591 AD
Birthplace: Manisa
Died: January 20, 1639

 3 Polycarp

Polycarp
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0069 AD
Birthplace: Smyrna, Turkey
Died: February 23, 0155

Polycarp was a Christian bishop of Smyrna. According to some sources,  he had been a disciple of John the Apostle, one of Jesus’ disciples. Along with Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, he is regarded as one of three chief Apostolic Fathers. He died a martyr, according to the Martyrdom of Polycarp, and is considered a saint.

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 4 Osman II

Osman II
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: November 3, 1604
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Istanbul
Died: May 20, 1622

 5 Timothy

Timothy
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0017 AD
Birthplace: Lystra, Turkey
Died: 0097 AD

 6 Suleiman II

Suleiman II
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: April 15, 1642
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: June 22, 1691

 7 Sabbatai Zevi

Sabbatai Zevi
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: August 1, 1626
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: İzmir, Turkey
Died: September 17, 1676
Born to wealthy merchants in Smyrna, Sabbatai Zevi later claimed to be the Jewish Messiah. He gained a huge base of followers and gave rise to the Sabbatean movement. Threatened by the Ottoman sultan, he converted to Islam and later died in oblivion. His followers are known as crypto-Jews.
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 8 Bartholomew I of Constantinople

Bartholomew I of Constantinople
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: February 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zeytinliköy, Turkey

 9 Mustafa II

Mustafa II
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: February 6, 1664
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 29, 1703

 10 Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus
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Famous As: Saint, Theologian
Birthdate: 0329 AD
Birthplace: Arianzum, Cappadocia
Died: January 24, 0390

 11 Gregory of Nyssa

Gregory of Nyssa
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0335 AD
Birthplace: Niksar, Turkey
Died: 0394 AD

 12 Margaret the Virgin

Margaret the Virgin
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0289 AD
Birthplace: Antioch of Pisidia, Turkey
Died: 0304 AD

 13 Ephrem the Syrian

Ephrem the Syrian
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Birthdate: 0306 AD
Birthplace: Nusaybi
Died: June 9, 0373

 14 Theophanes the Confessor

Theophanes the Confessor
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Famous As: Byzantine monk
Birthdate: 0758 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turky
Died: March 2, 0817

 15 Michael I Cerularius

Michael I Cerularius
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Famous As: Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 1000 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: January 21, 1059

 16 Michael Psellos

Michael Psellos
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 1018 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: April 30, 1078

 17 Gennadius Scholarius

Gennadius Scholarius
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 1473 AD

 18 Gregory Thaumaturgus

Gregory Thaumaturgus
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0213 AD
Birthplace: Niksar, Turkey
Died: 0270 AD

 19 Archbishop Iakovos of America

Archbishop Iakovos of America
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: July 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zeytinliköy, Turkey
Died: April 10, 2005

Born in the Ottoman Empire, now Turkey, Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America was initially educated at the Theological School of Halki and then at Harvard University, before being ordained a priest. A civil rights movement supporter, he had participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches.

 20 Demetrios I of Constantinople

Demetrios I of Constantinople
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Famous As: Ecumenical Patriarch
Birthdate: September 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: October 2, 1991

 21 John of Ephesus

John of Ephesus
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0507 AD
Birthplace: Amida, Turkey
Died: 0586 AD

 22 Hovhannes Tcholakian

Hovhannes Tcholakian
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: April 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Istanbul
Died: September 16, 2016

 23 Palladius

Palladius
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Galatia, Turkey
Died: 0450 AD

 24 Constantine-Silvanus

Constantine-Silvanus
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Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Samosata, Commagene, Turkey
Died: 0684 AD

 25 Euthymius I of Constantinople

Euthymius I of Constantinople
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Famous As: Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 0834 AD
Birthplace: Silifke, Turkey
Died: August 5, 0917

 26 John IV of Constantinople

John IV of Constantinople
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: September 2, 0595

 27 John Scholasticus

John Scholasticus
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Famous As: Ecumenical Patriarch
Birthdate: 0503 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: August 31, 0577

 28 Anthimus VI of Constantinople

Anthimus VI of Constantinople
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Famous As: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 1782 AD
Birthplace: Kutali Island, Turkey
Died: December 7, 1877

 29 Theodore Balsamon

Theodore Balsamon
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Famous As: Canonist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 1195 AD

 30 Arsenius Autorianus

Arsenius Autorianus
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Famous As: Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 1200 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: September 30, 1273

 31 Eustathius of Sebaste

Eustathius of Sebaste
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0300 AD
Birthplace: Sivas, Turkey
Died: 0377 AD

 32 Flavian I Of Antioch

Flavian I Of Antioch
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0320 AD
Birthplace: Antioch, Turkey
Died: January 31, 0404

 33 Athanasius I of Constantinople

Athanasius I of Constantinople
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Famous As: Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 1230 AD
Birthplace: Edirne, Turkey
Died: October 28, 1310

 34 Flavian II Of Antioch

Flavian II Of Antioch
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Antioch, Turkey
Died: 0518 AD

 35 Antony III of Constantinople

Antony III of Constantinople
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Famous As: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Turkey
Died: 0983 AD

 36 Nilus of Sinai

Nilus of Sinai
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
Died: November 12, 0430

 37 Sergius I of Constantinople

Sergius I of Constantinople
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Famous As: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Birthdate: 0565 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: December 9, 0638

 38 Sheikh Said

Sheikh Said
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1865 AD
Birthplace: Palu, Turkey
Died: June 29, 1925