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
0073 BC
King of Judea
Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat
24 August 1929
1st President of the Palestinian National

27 March 0347

Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas
26 March 1935
President of the State of Palestine and

Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish
13 March 1941
Hanan AshrawiHanan Ashrawi
08 October 1946
Palestinian legislator

Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
10 October 1935
Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah

Marwan BarghoutiMarwan Barghouti
06 June 1959
Palestinian Political figure

Joseph of ArimatheaJoseph of Arimathea
0001 BC

Justin MartyrJustin Martyr
0100 AD

Ahmed YassinAhmed Yassin
28 June 1937

Pope EvaristusPope Evaristus
17 April 0044
Bishop of Rome
Ismail HaniyaIsmail Haniya
29 January 1962
Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National

Pope Theodore IPope Theodore I
0600 AD
Mohammad Amin al-HusayniMohammad Amin al-Husayni
1895 AD
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`iMuhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i
31 July 0767