Famous People Born in 1817
Syed Ahmed Khan
Educator, Judge, Political Leader, Writer / 1817 - 1898
Syed Ahmed Khan was an Indian educator, politician and Islamic reformer whose work inspired a new generation of Muslims and pioneered the revival of Indian Islam in the late 19th century.
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profile name: Henry David Thoreau profile occupation: Philosopher, Journalist, Poet
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profile name: Syed Ahmed Khan profile occupation: Educator, Judge, Political Leader, Writer
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profile name: Mary Ann Bickerdyke profile occupation: Activist, Nurse
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profile name: Braxton Bragg profile occupation: General
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profile name: José Zorrilla profile occupation: Playwright, Poet
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profile name: Debendranath Tagore profile occupation: Theologian
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