Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Syrians.

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

John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Saint)

0676 AD

04 December 0749

Damascus

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

22 August 1937

Qardaha

Leo

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

09 January 1910

23 June 1989

Damascus

Capricorn

LukeLuke

Wafa SultanWafa Sultan
(psychiatrist, writer, psychologist)

14 June 1958

Baniyas

Gemini

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

1959 AD

Syria

Omar Bakri MuhammadOmar Bakri Muhammad
(Militant Leader)

1958 AD

Aleppo, Syria

Salah JadidSalah Jadid
(politician)

1926 AD

19 August 1993

Lattakia

Publilius SyrusPublilius Syrus
(Writer, Playwright, Poet)

0085 BC

0043 BC

Abu AbbasAbu Abbas

10 December 1948

08 March 2004

Safed

Sagittarius

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