Palestine is a recognized state in the Middle East that occupies the West Bank and Gaza Strip of the Palestinian region. Though the State of Palestine gained its independence in 1988, the history of the region dates back to the Bronze Age. A Muslim dominant state, Palestine has had a tumultuous history that greatly impacted the state’s religion, commerce, culture and politics. Notwithstanding the hard times, the state gave birth to some of the stalwarts in art, music, literature, poetry, academics, film, business and politics who through their committed self, unwavering spirit, relentless hard work and unfaltering determination raised the status of the State of Palestinian in the world map. Today, the State of Palestine boasts of having some of the world renowned names in literature, science, film, music and business. Yasser Elshantaf is a Palestinian entrepreneur who co-founded and today serves as the CEO of PhoenixBird Diversity Management GmbH. Mohsen Subhi gave modern Palestinian music and folklore a new dimension with his musical talent. Emily Jacir created a name for herself as a famous Palestinian artist and filmmaker. Ismail-al-Faruqi was a recognized Palestinian philosopher who executed an authority on Islam and comparative religion. To know more about the life and works of famous Palestinians, read this section.
Herod the GreatHerod the Great
(King of Judea)

0073 BC

Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat
(1st President of the Palestinian National Authority)

24 August 1929


27 March 0347

Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas
(President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority)

26 March 1935

Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish

13 March 1941

Hanan AshrawiHanan Ashrawi
(Palestinian legislator)

08 October 1946

Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
(Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah)

10 October 1935

Marwan BarghoutiMarwan Barghouti
(Palestinian Political figure)

06 June 1959

Joseph of ArimatheaJoseph of Arimathea


0001 BC


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Justin MartyrJustin Martyr

0100 AD

Ahmed YassinAhmed Yassin

28 June 1937

Pope EvaristusPope Evaristus
(Bishop of Rome)

17 April 0044

Ismail HaniyaIsmail Haniya
(Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority)

29 January 1962

Pope Theodore IPope Theodore I

0600 AD

Mohammad Amin al-HusayniMohammad Amin al-Husayni
(Grand Mufti of Jerusalem)

1895 AD

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Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`iMuhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i

31 July 0767