Syrian

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.

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Ignatius of Antioch
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0000 AD
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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Asma al-Assad
(First Lady of Syria)

Asma al-Assad
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Acton

Born to Syrian-origin parents in Britain, Asma al-Assad is now the First Lady of Syria, through her marriage to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. In 2021, an investigation related to her alleged involvement in war crimes in Syria was opened, which if proven could strip her of her British citizenship.

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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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Listed In: Leaders
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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Alan Kurdi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 2012 AD
Birthplace: Kobane, Syria
Died: September 2, 2015

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Hafez al-Assad
(President of Syria (1971-2000))

Hafez al-Assad
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Zenobia
(Queen)

Zenobia
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Birthdate: 0240 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: 0274 AD
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Jacob
(Religious leader)

Jacob
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0000 AD
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
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Listed In: Writers
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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Qardaha

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Asmahan
(Actress)

Asmahan
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Birthdate: November 25, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Syria
Died: July 14, 1944

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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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Syria Prima
Died: 0410 AD

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Salah Jadid
(Military Officer)

Salah Jadid
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1926 AD
Birthplace: Dwaer Baabda, Syria
Died: August 19, 1993

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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Listed In: Leaders
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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Syria

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Omar Bakri Muhammad
(Militant Leader)

Omar Bakri Muhammad
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

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Al-Ma'arri
(Philosopher)

Al-Ma'arri
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Listed In: Writers
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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Najwa bin Laden
(Osama bin Laden's ex-wife)

Najwa bin Laden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Syria

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Numerian
(Emperor)

Numerian
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Birthdate: 0254 AD
Died: November 20, 0284

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Dündar Aliosman
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Birthdate: December 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

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Mustafa Tlass
(Senior officer)

Mustafa Tlass
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Listed In: Leaders
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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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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Wafa Sultan
(psychiatrist, writer, psychologist)

Wafa Sultan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baniyas

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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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Al-Walid II
(Caliph)

Al-Walid II
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Birthdate: 0709 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: April 7, 0744

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Publilius Syrus
(Writer, Playwright, Poet)

Publilius Syrus
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0085 BC
Died: 0043 BC

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Nesreen Tafesh
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Birthdate: February 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

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Bilal ibn Ribah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0580 AD
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: March 2, 0640

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Shukri al-Quwatli
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: July 21, 1980

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Hashim al-Atassi
(Politician)

Hashim al-Atassi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 11, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Homs, Syria
Died: December 5, 1960

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Tatian
(Writer, theologian)

Tatian
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0120 AD
Died: 0180 AD

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Julia Maesa
(Roman aristocrat)

Julia Maesa
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Birthdate: May 7, 0160
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Homs Emesa, Roman Syria Syria
Died: 0224 AD

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Theophilus Of Antioch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Mesopotamia, Iraq
Died: 0184 AD

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Muhammed Faris
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Pope Gregory III
(Bishop of Rome)

Pope Gregory III
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0690 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: November 28, 0741

Sophronius of Jerusalem
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0560 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: March 11, 0638

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Thaddeus of Edessa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Edessa, Turkey
Died: 0050 AD