Shirali Muslimov () – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Shirali Muslimov

Shirali Farzali Muslimov was an Azerbaijani shepherd with Talysh ethnicity from the village of Barzavu in the Lerik region of Azerbaijan, a mountainous area near the Iranian border. He claimed to be the oldest person who ever lived when he died on September 2, 1973 at the alleged age of 168.

Born: Shirali Muslimov, March 26, 1805 (alleged, disputed), Barzavu, Talysh Khanate
Died: September 2, 1973, (aged 0 days), Barzavu, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality: Azerbaijani, Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic (currently Azerbaijan Republic)
Occupation: Shepherd
Known for: Oldest Person/Man Ever (alleged, disputed)
Children: 23

About Shirali Muslimov

Famous for his claim to be the oldest living person in the history of the world, this Azerbaijani shepherd was allegedly 168 years old at the time of his death.

Before Fame

He garnered public attention in the early 1960s after being discovered and interviewed by photojournalist Kalman Kaspiev. National Geographic and several other magazines and newspapers subsequently published articles on his lifespan and lifestyle.


Because Muslimov’s diet was heavy in yogurt products, the Dannon yogurt company mentioned him in an early 1970s advertisement campaign.

Family Life

His family life remains something of a mystery; some reports claim that he had three wives, some of whom also lived past the age of 100, and another account mentions that he fathered a daughter when he was 136 years old.


If his claim was accurate, Muslimov lived nearly fifty years longer than Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who was regarded, upon her 1997 death at the age of 122, as the longest-living person in human history.

Information related to Shirali Muslimov

  • Longevity myths – Longevity myths are traditions about long-lived people, either as individuals or groups of people, and practices that have been believed to confer longevity, but for which scientific evidence does not support the ages claimed or the reasons for the claims.
  • Longevity claims – Longevity claims are unsubstantiated cases of asserted human longevity. Those asserting lifespans of 110 years or more are referred to as supercentenarians. Many have either no official verification or are backed only by partial evidence.
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