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.