Find out more about the greatest Syrian, including Bashar al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad, Nizar Qabbani, Mustafa Tlass and Muhammed Faris.

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
(President of Syria)

11 September 1965

Damascus

Virgo

Hafez al-AssadHafez al-Assad
(Former President of Syria)

06 October 1930

10 June 2000

Qardaha, Syria

Libra

Nizar QabbaniNizar Qabbani
(Diplomat)

21 March 1923

30 April 1998

Damascus

Aries

Mustafa TlassMustafa Tlass
(Senior officer)

11 May 1932

Al-Rastan

Taurus

Muhammed FarisMuhammed Faris
(Aviator)

26 May 1951

Aleppo

Gemini

ZenobiaZenobia
(Queen)

0240 AD

0274 AD

Palmyra

Al-FarabiAl-Farabi
(Philosopher)

0872 AD

17 January 0951

Farab

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III

0731 AD

28 November 0741

Syria

Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
(politician, writer, sociologist, philosopher)

09 January 1910

23 June 1989

Damascus

Capricorn

Rifaat al-AssadRifaat al-Assad
(politician, military personnel)

22 August 1937

Qardaha

Leo

John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Saint)

0676 AD

04 December 0749

Damascus

Al-Walid IAl-Walid I
(Caliph of Damascus)

0668 AD

23 February 0715

Medina

Julia DomnaJulia Domna
(Septimius Severus' wife)

0160 AD

0217 AD

Homs

Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus

09 December 0092

20 April 0168

Homs

Sagittarius

Demetrius I of MacedonDemetrius I of Macedon
(Military leader)

0337 BC

0283 BC

Macedonia

Salah JadidSalah Jadid
(politician)

1926 AD

19 August 1993

Lattakia

LukeLuke
PosidoniusPosidonius
(Philosopher)

0135 BC

0051 BC

Apamea

Pope ConstantinePope Constantine

0664 AD

09 April 0715

Syria

Antiochus I SoterAntiochus I Soter
(King)

0324 BC

0261 BC

Macedonia

Najwa bin LadenNajwa bin Laden
(Osama bin Laden's wife)

1959 AD

Syria

Ptolemy VI PhilometorPtolemy VI Philometor
(King)

0186 BC

0145 BC

NumerianNumerian
(Emperor)

0254 AD

20 November 0284

Hisham ibn Abd al-MalikHisham ibn Abd al-Malik
(Caliph)

0691 AD

06 February 0743

Publilius SyrusPublilius Syrus
(Writer, Playwright, Poet)

0085 BC

0043 BC

Omar Bakri MuhammadOmar Bakri Muhammad
(Militant Leader)

1958 AD

Aleppo, Syria

Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius

0650 AD

Syria

Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius

0650 AD

Syria

TatianTatian
(Writer, theologian)

0120 AD

0180 AD

Wafa SultanWafa Sultan
(psychiatrist, writer, psychologist)

14 June 1958

Baniyas

Gemini

Muawiya IIMuawiya II
(Caliph)

28 March 0661

0684 AD

Aries

Demetrius I SoterDemetrius I Soter
(Ruler)

0187 BC

0150 BC

Syria

Abd ar-Rahman IAbd ar-Rahman I

0731 AD

30 September 0788

Palmyra, Damascus

Tariq ibn-ZiyadTariq ibn-Ziyad
(Military commander)

0670 AD

0722 AD

Algeria

Levon Ter-PetrossianLevon Ter-Petrossian
(Former President of Armenia)

09 January 1946

Aleppo

Capricorn

Bilal ibn RibahBilal ibn Ribah
(Muezzin)

0580 AD

02 March 0640

Mecca

Abu AbbasAbu Abbas

10 December 1948

08 March 2004

Safed

Sagittarius

Seleucus VI EpiphanesSeleucus VI Epiphanes

0094 BC

Iamblichus of ChalcisIamblichus of Chalcis
(Philosopher)

0245 AD

0325 AD

Chalcis

Abd al-MalikAbd al-Malik
(Caliph of Damascus)

0646 AD

08 October 0705

Medina

Abd al-QadirAbd al-Qadir
(Algerian military leader)

06 September 1808

26 May 1883

Muaskar

Virgo