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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 1 Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Syria
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.

 2 Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Roman Syria
Died: 0108 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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 3 Asma al-Assad

Asma al-Assad.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady of Syria
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.

 4 Jacob

Jacob.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Canaan
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 5 Hafez al-Assad

Hafez al-Assad.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Syria
Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Qardaha, 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.

 6 Michael Ansara

Michael Ansara.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: French Mandate, Syria
Died: July 31, 2013
Michael Ansara is best remembered as Cochise from the series Broken Arrow and Kane from Buck Rogers. Fans also loved him as Commander Kang in the series Star Trek and as the voice of Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series TV franchise. He was once married to Barbara Eden.

 7 Jwan Yosef

Jwan Yosef.
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Famous As: Painter, Artist
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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 8 Zenobia

Zenobia
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0240 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: 0274 AD

 9 Najwa bin Laden

Najwa bin Laden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Osama bin Laden's wife
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Syria

 10 Bilal ibn Ribah

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

 11 Baibars

Baibars
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Famous As: Sultan of Egypt
Birthdate: July 19, 1223
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cumania
Died: July 1, 1277

 12 Dündar Aliosman

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

 13 Jacob in Islam

Jacob in Islam
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Syria, Syria

 14 Michel Aflaq

Michel Aflaq
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ḥamāh, Syria
Died: June 23, 1989

 15 Pope Gregory III

Pope Gregory III
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Bishop of Rome
Birthdate: 0690 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: November 28, 0741

 16 Nizar Qabbani

Nizar Qabbani.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Diplomat
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.

 17 Ibn Kathīr

Ibn Kathīr
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1301 AD
Birthplace: Busra, Syria
Died: February 13, 1373

 18 John of Damascus

John of Damascus.
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Famous As: Saint
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.

 19 St. Simeon Stylites

St. Simeon Stylites
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0390 AD
Birthplace: Kozan, Turkey
Died: September 2, 0459

 20 Rifaat al-Assad

Rifaat al-Assad
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: politician, military personnel
Birthdate: August 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Qardaha

 21 Abd al-Rahman I

Abd al-Rahman I
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0731 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: August 31, 0788

 22 Ibn an-Nafīs

Ibn an-Nafīs
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: 1213 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: December 17, 1288

 23 Julia Domna

Julia Domna
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Septimius Severus' wife
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Homs
Died: 0217 AD

 24 Odaenathus

Odaenathus
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0220 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: 0267 AD

 25 Salah Jadid

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

 26 Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik

Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0691 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: February 6, 0743

 27 Maron

Maron
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Syria Prima
Died: 0410 AD

 28 Pope Anicetus

Pope Anicetus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: December 9, 0092
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Homs‎, Syria
Died: April 20, 0168

 29 Antiochus I Soter

Antiochus I Soter
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0324 BC
Birthplace: Macedonia
Died: 0261 BC

 30 Omar Bakri Muhammad

Omar Bakri Muhammad
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Militant Leader
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

 31 Iamblichus

Iamblichus
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0245 AD
Birthplace: Qinnasrin, Syria
Died: 0325 AD

 32 Yazid I

Yazid I.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Second Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate
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.

 33 Imad ad-Din Zengi

Imad ad-Din Zengi
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1085 AD
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria
Died: September 14, 1146

 34 Saints Sergius and Bacchus

Saints Sergius and Bacchus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Christian saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Syria

 35 Faisal I of Iraq

Faisal I of Iraq.
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Famous As: King of Iraq
Birthdate: May 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: September 8, 1933
Faisal I, the first king of Iraq, led a new wave of Arab nationalism during World War I. Son of the Grand Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali, Faisal united the Shias and Sunnis. His friendship with Britain led to several treaties, including Iraq’s membership in the League of Nations.

 36 Pope Constantine

Pope Constantine
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0664 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: April 9, 0715

 37 Muawiya II

Muawiya II
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Caliph
Birthdate: March 28, 0661
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: 0684 AD

 38 Wafa Sultan

Wafa Sultan
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: psychiatrist, writer, psychologist
Birthdate: June 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baniyas

 39 Mustafa Tlass

Mustafa Tlass.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Senior officer
Birthdate: May 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al-Rastan

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.

 40 Numerian

Numerian
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0254 AD
Died: November 20, 0284

 41 Publilius Syrus

Publilius Syrus
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: 0085 BC
Died: 0043 BC

 42 Al-Walid II

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

 43 Shukri al-Quwatli

Shukri al-Quwatli
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 6, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: June 30, 1967

 44 Ptolemy VI Philometor

Ptolemy VI Philometor
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0186 BC
Died: 0145 BC

 45 Salah al-Din Bitar

Salah al-Din Bitar
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: July 21, 1980

 46 Nesreen Tafesh

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

 47 Al-Ma'arri

Al-Ma'arri
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 23, 0973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ma`arat al-Nu`man, Syria
Died: April 30, 1057

 48 Saint John Climacus

Saint John Climacus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0579 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: 0649 AD

 49 Muhammed Faris

Muhammed Faris.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Aviator
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.

 50 Tatian

Tatian
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, theologian
Birthdate: 0120 AD
Died: 0180 AD