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Famous People From Iraq

Updated June 8, 2017 11.8k views875 items

List of famous people from Iraq, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Iraq, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Iraq you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Iraq, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples include Sadettin Ergeç and Haifa Zangana.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Iraq?" or "Which celebrities were born in Iraq?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Madan Mohan

    Dec. at 51 (1924-1975)
    Madan Mohan Kohli (25 June 1924 – 14 July 1975), better known as Madan Mohan, was a popular...  more
  • Ali Larijani (Persian: علی لاریجانی‎, Persian pronunciation: [æliː-e lɒːɾiːdʒɒːniː]; born 3...  more
  • Samer Saeed Mujbel

    Age: 32
    Samer Saeed Mujbel Al Mamoori is an Iraqi midfielder. Samer plays currently with Al-Zawraa in...  more
  • Adnan Taess

    Age: 40
    Adnan Taess Akkar Al-Mntfage is an Iraqi middle-distance runner. At the 2012 Summer Olympics,...  more
  • Nuri al-Said

    Dec. at 71 (1887-1958)
    Nuri Pasha al-Said (December 1888 – 15 July 1958) (Arabic: نوري السعيد‎) was an Iraqi...  more
  • Choman Hardi (Kurdish: چۆمان هەردی‎),(born 1974) is a contemporary Kurdish poet, translator...  more
  • Zaha Hadid

    Age: 69
    Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker...  more
  • Emmanuel III Delly

    Dec. at 87 (1927-2014)
    Mar Emmanuel III Delly (Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܥܡܢܘܐܝܠ ܬܠܝܬܝܐ ܕܠܝ‎, Arabic: مار عمانوئيل الثالث دلّي‎)...  more
  • Avi Shlaim

    Age: 74
    Avraham "Avi" Shlaim (born 31 October 1945) is an Israeli historian, Emeritus Professor of...  more
  • Al-Kindi

    Dec. at 72 (801-873)
    Abu Yūsuf Yaʻqūb ibn ʼIsḥāq aṣ-Ṣabbāḥ al-Kindī (; Arabic: أبو يوسف يعقوب بن إسحاق الصبّاح...  more
  • Wafaa Bilal (Arabic: وفاء بلال‎ [wæfæ bɪlˤɑːlˤ]; born June 10, 1966) is an Iraqi American...  more
  • Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (Arabic: غيث عبدالأحد, born 1975) is an Iraqi journalist who began working...  more
  • Abd al-Karim Qasim

    Dec. at 49 (1914-1963)
    Abd Al-Karim Qasim Muhammed Bakr Al-Fadhli Al-Zubaidi (Arabic: عبد الكريم قاسم‎ `Abd Al-Karīm...  more
  • Mohamed Al-Daradji (born 6 August 1978 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi-Dutch film director. He...  more
  • Muntadhar al-Zaidi (Arabic: منتظر الزيدي‎ Muntaẓar az-Zaydī; born 15 January 1979) is an Iraqi...  more
  • Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti

    Dec. at 56 (1951-2007)
    Barzan Mohamed (17 February 1951 – 15 January 2007), also known as Barazan Ibrahim al-Tikriti,...  more
  • Thomas L. Saaty is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches in the Joseph...  more
  • Huner Saleem (Kurdish: هونه‌ر سەلیم), also transliterated as Huner Salim, (born 9 March 1964),...  more
  • Jamal Nebez (Sorani Kurdish: جەمال نەبەز‎, Kurmanji Kurdish: Cemal Nebez; 1 December 1933 – 8...  more
  • Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr

    Dec. at 45 (1935-1980)
    Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (Arabic: آية الله العظمى السيد محمد باقر الصدر‎) (March 1, 1935 – April...  more
  • Albert Abdullah David Sassoon

    Dec. at 78 (1818-1896)
    Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, 1st Baronet , (25 July 1818 – 24 October 1896) was a...  more
  • Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim

    Dec. at 64 (1939-2003)
    Sayyid Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim (1939 – 29 August 2003; Arabic: سيد محمد باقر...  more
  • Zainab Salbi (Arabic: زينب سلبي; born 1969) is the Founder of Women for Women International,...  more
  • Sasson Gabai is an Israeli actor. Winner of an Ophir Award, Asia Pacific Screen Award,...  more
  • Ovadia Yosef

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)
    Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף Ovadya Yosef, Arabic: عبد الله يوسف‎, romanized: Abdullah...  more