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
Michael AnsaraMichael Ansara
15 April 1922
Actor

Hafez al-AssadHafez al-Assad
06 October 1930
Former President of Syria

Jwan YosefJwan Yosef
06 September 1984
Painter, Artist

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

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

John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
0676 AD
Saint

Abdulfattah Jandali Abdulfattah Jandali
15 March 1931
Steve Jobs' Biological Father
Nizar QabbaniNizar Qabbani
21 March 1923
Diplomat

Mustafa TlassMustafa Tlass
11 May 1932
Senior officer
Muhammed FarisMuhammed Faris
26 May 1951
Aviator

Larsa YounanLarsa Younan
06 July 1974
Scottie Pippen's Wife

Ahmad NajyaAhmad Najya
14 July 2003
TikTok Star

JacobJacob
Religious leader

Muʿāwiyah IMuʿāwiyah I
0602 AD
Ruler
Bilal ibn RibahBilal ibn Ribah
0580 AD
Muezzin

Dündar AliosmanDündar Aliosman
30 December 1930
Ruler

Najwa bin LadenNajwa bin Laden
1959 AD
Osama bin Laden's wife

ZenobiaZenobia
0240 AD
Queen
BaibarsBaibars
19 July 1223
Sultan of Egypt

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
0690 AD
Bishop of Rome
Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
09 January 1910
politician, writer, sociologist, philosopher

Michel ʿAflaqMichel ʿAflaq
09 January 1909
Philosopher

Tariq ibn-ZiyadTariq ibn-Ziyad
0670 AD
Military commander
Jacob in IslamJacob in Islam
Prophet

Ibn KathīrIbn Kathīr
1301 AD
Historian
Abd al-Rahman IAbd al-Rahman I
0731 AD
Ruler

Al-Ma'arriAl-Ma'arri
23 December 0973
Philosopher

Julia DomnaJulia Domna
0160 AD
Septimius Severus' wife
St. Simeon StylitesSt. Simeon Stylites
0390 AD
Saint

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Ibn an-NafīsIbn an-Nafīs
1213 AD
Polymath
Salah JadidSalah Jadid
1926 AD
Military Officer

Hisham ibn Abd al-MalikHisham ibn Abd al-Malik
0691 AD
Ruler

Antiochus I SoterAntiochus I Soter
0324 BC
King

IamblichusIamblichus
0245 AD
Philosopher
Rifaat al-AssadRifaat al-Assad
22 August 1937
politician, military personnel
NumerianNumerian
0254 AD
Emperor

Saints Sergius and BacchusSaints Sergius and Bacchus
Christian saint

Publilius SyrusPublilius Syrus
0085 BC
Writer, Playwright, Poet

PosidoniusPosidonius
0135 BC
Philosopher
Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus
09 December 0092
Pope

Imad ad-Din ZengiImad ad-Din Zengi
1085 AD
Ruler

Al-Walid IIAl-Walid II
0709 AD
Caliph

OdaenathusOdaenathus
0220 AD
King

Muawiya IIMuawiya II
28 March 0661
Caliph
Salah al-Din BitarSalah al-Din Bitar
01 January 1912
Politician

Ptolemy VI PhilometorPtolemy VI Philometor
0186 BC
King
Omar Bakri MuhammadOmar Bakri Muhammad
1958 AD
Militant Leader

Julia MaesaJulia Maesa
07 May 0160
Roman aristocrat

Nazim al-KudsiNazim al-Kudsi
14 February 1906
Politician
Pope ConstantinePope Constantine
0664 AD
 

Eusebius of NicomediaEusebius of Nicomedia
Priest
Sabbas the SanctifiedSabbas the Sanctified
0439 AD
Saint

Saint John ClimacusSaint John Climacus
0579 AD
Monk

Demetrius I SoterDemetrius I Soter
0187 BC
Ruler

TatianTatian
0120 AD
Writer, theologian

Shukri al-QuwatliShukri al-Quwatli
06 May 1891
President
Theophilus Of AntiochTheophilus Of Antioch
Writer

Wafa SultanWafa Sultan
14 June 1958
psychiatrist, writer, psychologist

DamasciusDamascius
0458 AD
Greek philosopher

Hashim al-AtassiHashim al-Atassi
11 January 1875
Politician
Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
0650 AD
Pope

Sophronius of JerusalemSophronius of Jerusalem
0560 AD
Writer
Apollinaris of LaodiceaApollinaris of Laodicea
Bishop

Seleucus VI EpiphanesSeleucus VI Epiphanes
 

Adib ShishakliAdib Shishakli
1909 AD
Military leader
Julia Avita MamaeaJulia Avita Mamaea
0180 AD
Noble Woman

Bar HebraeusBar Hebraeus
1226 AD
Philosopher
Nicholas of DamascusNicholas of Damascus
0064 AD
Greek historian and philosopher

BardaisanBardaisan
11 July 0154
Philosopher

Ben-Hadad IBen-Hadad I
King
Abū TammāmAbū Tammām
Poet

Abu AbbasAbu Abbas
10 December 1948
 
PapinianPapinian
0142 AD
Roman jurist

Jacob Of SerughJacob Of Serugh
0451 AD
Poet

Abd al-Rahman al-KawakibiAbd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi
1855 AD
Religious scholar

Akram al-HawraniAkram al-Hawrani
1912 AD
Politician
Heliodorus of EmesaHeliodorus of Emesa
Writer
Abd al-Ghani al-NabulsiAbd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi
19 March 1641
Scholar

Muhammad al-MaghutMuhammad al-Maghut
12 December 1934
Writer

Abd al-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn al-Ash'athAbd al-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn al-Ash'ath
General

Shihab al-Din al-'UmariShihab al-Din al-'Umari
20 June 1300
Historian
Khalid BakdashKhalid Bakdash
15 November 1912
Politician

Badr Khānī JāladatBadr Khānī Jāladat
1893 AD
Nationalist leader

Saint Andrew of CreteSaint Andrew of Crete
0650 AD
Theologian

Pacorus IPacorus I
0063 AD
Parthian prince

John MoschusJohn Moschus
0550 AD
Byzantine writer
Saadallah WannousSaadallah Wannous
27 March 1941
Playwright

Jacob of EdessaJacob of Edessa
0640 AD
Writer
Al-BuḥturīAl-Buḥturī
0820 AD
Poet

Callinicus of HeliopolisCallinicus of Heliopolis
0650 AD
Architect
Mahmud az-ZuʿbiMahmud az-Zuʿbi
1935 AD
Syrian politician
Mustafa NaimaMustafa Naima
1655 AD
Bureaucrat