Famous Syrian Men

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Ignatius of Antioch
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Birthplace: Roman Syria
Died: 0140 AD

Ignatius of Antioch went down in history as a man who was arrested and executed for his non-allegiance to Roman gods. The seven letters he wrote while being escorted from Antioch to Rome as a prisoner later served as a mirror that reflected his concern for Christianity, against false teachings.

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Hafez al-Assad
(President of Syria (1971-2000))
Hafez al-Assad
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Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Al Qardahah, Syria
Died: June 10, 2000
Hafez al-Assad was the Syrian president from 1971 to 2000. He also served as the country’s prime minister from 1970 to 1971. The Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party leader was part of the 1963 coup that dethroned President Nazim al-Kudsi and the 1966 coup which made him the Syrian defense minister.
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Jwan Yosef
(Painter, Artist)
Jwan Yosef
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Birthdate: September 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Syria

Jwan Yosef is a Swedish artist and painter who specializes in plastic arts. Over the course of his career, Yosef has participated in a number of group exhibitions and art fairs. He is also credited with founding The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in North London.

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Bashar al-Assad
(President of Syria)
Bashar al-Assad
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Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Damascus

Bashar al-Assad is the current president of Syria and has been serving in this position since 17 July 2000. Over the years, he has also had a major impact on Syria as the commander-in-chief of the country's Armed Forces. In 2011, his decision to impose military sieges on protesters participating in the Arab Spring resulted in the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

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Jacob
(Religious leader)
Jacob
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Birthplace: Canaan
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Baibars
(Sultan of Egypt)
Baibars
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Birthdate: July 19, 1223
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cumania
Died: July 1, 1277
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Moustapha Akkad
(For producing the original series of Halloween films and directing The Message and Lion of the Desert)
Moustapha Akkad
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Birthdate: July 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria
Died: November 11, 2005
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John of Damascus
(Saint, Best Known for His Strong Defence of 'Icons')
John of Damascus
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Birthdate: 0676 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: December 4, 0749

John of Damascus was a Christian apologist, priest, and monk. A polymath, John contributed to various fields, such as philosophy, theology, law, and music. He also wrote several works explaining the Christian faith. The hymns which he composed are still used in Eastern Christian practice as well as in western Lutheranism.

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Nizar Qabbani
(Diplomat)
Nizar Qabbani
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Birthdate: March 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Damascus
Died: April 30, 1998

Nizar Qabbani was a Syrian writer, diplomat, publisher, and poet. Renowned for incorporating themes like eroticism, religion, love, feminism, and Arab nationalism into his poetry, Qabbani's poems have achieved worldwide acclaim; they have been translated into many languages, including English and Russian. Regarded as Syria's National Poet, Qabbani is also one of the most respected poets in the Arab world.

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Jacob in Islam
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Birthplace: Syria, Syria
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Ibn an-Nafīs
(Polymath)
Ibn an-Nafīs
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Birthdate: 1213 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: December 17, 1288
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St. Simeon Stylites
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Birthdate: 0390 AD
Birthplace: Kozan, Turkey
Died: September 2, 0459
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Abd al-Rahman I
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Birthdate: 0731 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: August 31, 0788
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Rifaat al-Assad
(politician, military personnel)
Rifaat al-Assad
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Birthdate: August 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Qardaha
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Odaenathus
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Birthdate: 0220 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: 0267 AD
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Maron
(Saint)
Maron
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Birthplace: Syria Prima
Died: 0410 AD
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Salah Jadid
(Military Officer)
Salah Jadid
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Birthdate: 1926 AD
Birthplace: Dwaer Baabda, Syria
Died: August 19, 1993
Alan Kurdi
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Birthdate: 2012 AD
Birthplace: Kobane, Syria
Died: September 2, 2015
Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik
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Birthdate: 0691 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: February 6, 0743
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Antiochus I Soter
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Birthdate: 0324 BC
Birthplace: Macedonia
Died: 0261 BC
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Yazid I
(Second Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate)
Yazid I
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Birthdate: July 20, 0646
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rif-Dimashq Governorate, Syria
Died: November 12, 0683

Yazid I reigned as the caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate from 680 until his death in 683. The second caliph of the caliphate, Yazid's appointment was the first succession based on hereditary in the history of Islam. His caliphate was marked by the commencement of the Second Fitna, a period of military and political disorder in the Islamic community.

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Saints Sergius and Bacchus
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Birthplace: Syria
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Omar Bakri Muhammad
(Militant Leader)
Omar Bakri Muhammad
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria
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Al-Ma'arri
(Philosopher)
Al-Ma'arri
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Birthdate: December 23, 0973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ma`arat al-Nu`man, Syria
Died: April 30, 1057
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Imad ad-Din Zengi
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Birthdate: 1085 AD
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria
Died: September 14, 1146
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Dündar Aliosman
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Birthdate: December 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
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Numerian
(Emperor)
Numerian
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Birthdate: 0254 AD
Died: November 20, 0284
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Michel Aflaq
(Philosopher)
Michel Aflaq
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Birthdate: January 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ḥamāh, Syria
Died: June 23, 1989
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Mustafa Tlass
(Senior officer)
Mustafa Tlass
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Birthdate: May 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rastan, Syria
Died: June 27, 2017

Mustafa Tlass, who had been the Syrian defense minister, was also a lover of Syrian literature and had launched a publishing house named Tlass Books. However, he was criticized for publishing anti-Semitic content. He also once claimed that Gina Lollobrigida and Princess Diana had both expressed their love for him.

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Ibn Kathīr
(Historian)
Ibn Kathīr
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Birthdate: 1301 AD
Birthplace: Busra, Syria
Died: February 13, 1373
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Publilius Syrus
(Writer, Playwright, Poet)
Publilius Syrus
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Birthdate: 0085 BC
Died: 0043 BC
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Al-Walid II
(Caliph)
Al-Walid II
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Birthdate: 0709 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: April 7, 0744
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Bilal ibn Ribah
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Birthdate: 0580 AD
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: March 2, 0640
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Shukri al-Quwatli
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Birthdate: May 6, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: June 30, 1967
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Salah al-Din Bitar
(Politician)
Salah al-Din Bitar
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Birthdate: January 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: July 21, 1980
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Tatian
(Writer, theologian)
Tatian
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Birthdate: 0120 AD
Died: 0180 AD
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Theophilus Of Antioch
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Birthplace: Mesopotamia, Iraq
Died: 0184 AD
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Hashim al-Atassi
(Politician)
Hashim al-Atassi
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Birthdate: January 11, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Homs, Syria
Died: December 5, 1960
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Muhammed Faris
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Birthdate: May 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aleppo

Muhammed Faris is a Syrian aviator who became the first Syrian to spend time in space. He also played an important role in the Syrian Civil War. In 1987, Faris was honored with the Hero of the Soviet Union title. In September 2017, he was appointed as the Syrian Interim Government's defense minister.

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Seleucus IV Philopator
(Ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire, reigned from 187 BC to 175 BC)
Seleucus IV Philopator
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Birthdate: 0218 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: September 3, 0175
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Iamblichus
(Philosopher)
Iamblichus
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Birthdate: 0245 AD
Birthplace: Qinnasrin, Syria
Died: 0325 AD
Sophronius of Jerusalem
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Birthdate: 0560 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: March 11, 0638
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Pope Gregory III
(Bishop of Rome)
Pope Gregory III
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Birthdate: 0690 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: November 28, 0741
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Thaddeus of Edessa
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Birthplace: Edessa, Turkey
Died: 0050 AD
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Mustafa Hamsho
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Birthdate: October 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Latakia, Syria
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Demetrius I Soter
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Birthdate: 0187 BC
Birthplace: Syria
Died: 0150 BC
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Damascius
(Greek philosopher)
Damascius
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Birthdate: 0458 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: 0538 AD
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Adib Shishakli
(Military leader)
Adib Shishakli
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Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: Ḥamāh, Syria
Died: September 27, 1964
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Demetrius II Nicator
(King of Syria)
Demetrius II Nicator
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Birthdate: 0160 BC
Birthplace: Syria
Died: 0125 BC
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Muawiya II
(3rd Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate)
Muawiya II
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Birthdate: March 28, 0664
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syria
Died: 0684 AD