Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Circassians which is reflected in the nation’s rich and vibrant cultural traditions. Even though the fast few decades have been marred by political instability, violence and chaos, the resilient Syrians have emerged to make a mark for themselves in the world. The nation is well known for its literature and has produced writers like Adonis, Muhammad Maghout, Haidar Haidar, Ghada al-Samman, Nizar Qabbani and Zakariyya Tamer who are famous internationally. Salim Barakat, a Syrian emigrant living in Sweden, is an especially well-known figure in the genre of Syrian folk narrative. Syrian music has long been among the Arab world's most important, especially in the field of classical Arab music, and singers and musicians like Asmahan, Farid al-Atrash and Lena Chamamyan are playing a significant role in popularizing Arab music throughout the world. The Syrian Civil War which began in the early spring of 2011 has unfortunately led to the incarceration of several of the country’s illustrious artists, poets, writers and activists, including famed cartoonist Akram Raslam who was killed in 2013. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Syrians.
Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad
11 September 1965
President of Syria
Hafez al-AssadHafez al-Assad
06 October 1930
Former President of Syria

Michael AnsaraMichael Ansara
15 April 1922

Jwan YosefJwan Yosef
06 September 1984
Painter, Artist

Faisal I of IraqFaisal I of Iraq
20 May 1885
King of Iraq

Asma al-AssadAsma al-Assad
11 August 1975
First Lady of Syria
Yazid IYazid I
20 July 0646
Second Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate

Nizar QabbaniNizar Qabbani
21 March 1923

Abdulfattah Jandali Abdulfattah Jandali
15 March 1931
Steve Jobs' Biological Father
Mustafa TlassMustafa Tlass
11 May 1932
Senior officer

Muhammed FarisMuhammed Faris
26 May 1951
Larsa YounanLarsa Younan
06 July 1974
Scottie Pippen's Wife

Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
09 January 1910
politician, writer, sociologist, philosopher

0240 AD

19 July 1223
Sultan of Egypt

John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
0676 AD
Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
0731 AD

Al-Walid IAl-Walid I
0668 AD
Caliph of Damascus

Demetrius I of MacedonDemetrius I of Macedon
0337 BC
Military leader

Salah JadidSalah Jadid
1926 AD
Nazim al-KudsiNazim al-Kudsi
14 February 1906

Rifaat al-AssadRifaat al-Assad
22 August 1937
politician, military personnel
Julia DomnaJulia Domna
0160 AD
Septimius Severus' wife

Antiochus I SoterAntiochus I Soter
0324 BC

Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus
09 December 0092
Hisham ibn Abd al-MalikHisham ibn Abd al-Malik
0691 AD

0254 AD
0135 BC

Omar Bakri MuhammadOmar Bakri Muhammad
1958 AD
Militant Leader

Muawiya IIMuawiya II
28 March 0661
Pope ConstantinePope Constantine
0664 AD

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Shukri al-QuwatliShukri al-Quwatli
06 May 1891
Najwa bin LadenNajwa bin Laden
1959 AD
Osama bin Laden's wife

Publilius SyrusPublilius Syrus
0085 BC
Writer, Playwright, Poet

Ptolemy VI PhilometorPtolemy VI Philometor
0186 BC

Sabbas the SanctifiedSabbas the Sanctified
0439 AD
0120 AD
Writer, theologian
Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
0650 AD

Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
0650 AD

Wafa SultanWafa Sultan
14 June 1958
psychiatrist, writer, psychologist

Adib ShishakliAdib Shishakli
1909 AD
Military leader
Demetrius I SoterDemetrius I Soter
0187 BC

Abd ar-Rahman IAbd ar-Rahman I
0731 AD

Bilal ibn RibahBilal ibn Ribah
0580 AD

Seleucus VI EpiphanesSeleucus VI Epiphanes

Muhammad al-MaghutMuhammad al-Maghut
12 December 1934
Abu AbbasAbu Abbas
10 December 1948

Tariq ibn-ZiyadTariq ibn-Ziyad
0670 AD
Military commander
Saints Sergius and BacchusSaints Sergius and Bacchus
Christian saint

Salah al-Din BitarSalah al-Din Bitar
01 January 1912

Iamblichus of ChalcisIamblichus of Chalcis
0245 AD
Abd al-MalikAbd al-Malik
0646 AD
Caliph of Damascus

Imad ad-Din ZengiImad ad-Din Zengi
1087 AD
Abū TammāmAbū Tammām

St. Simeon StylitesSt. Simeon Stylites
0390 AD