Find out more about the greatest Syrians, 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

Asma al-AssadAsma al-Assad
(First Lady of Syria)

11 August 1975

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

06 October 1930

Nizar QabbaniNizar Qabbani
(Diplomat)

21 March 1923

Mustafa TlassMustafa Tlass
(Senior officer)

11 May 1932

Muhammed FarisMuhammed Faris
(Aviator)

26 May 1951

Saint PeterSaint Peter
(Saint)

0001 AD

Yazid IYazid I
(Caliph)

20 July 0647

ZenobiaZenobia
(Queen)

0240 AD

Al-FarabiAl-Farabi
(Philosopher)

0872 AD

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III

0731 AD

BaibarsBaibars
(Sultan of Egypt)

19 July 1223

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

09 January 1910

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

22 August 1937

John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Saint)

0676 AD

Demetrius I of MacedonDemetrius I of Macedon
(Military leader)

0337 BC

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

0668 AD

Julia DomnaJulia Domna
(Septimius Severus' wife)

0160 AD

Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus

09 December 0092

Salah JadidSalah Jadid
(politician)

1926 AD

LukeLuke

PosidoniusPosidonius
(Philosopher)

0135 BC

Antiochus I SoterAntiochus I Soter
(King)

0324 BC

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

1959 AD

Publilius SyrusPublilius Syrus
(Writer, Playwright, Poet)

0085 BC

Pope ConstantinePope Constantine

0664 AD

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

0691 AD

NumerianNumerian
(Emperor)

0254 AD

Ptolemy VI PhilometorPtolemy VI Philometor
(King)

0186 BC

Muawiya IIMuawiya II
(Caliph)

28 March 0661

Wafa SultanWafa Sultan
(psychiatrist, writer, psychologist)

14 June 1958

Omar Bakri MuhammadOmar Bakri Muhammad
(Militant Leader)

1958 AD

Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
(Pope)

0650 AD

Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
(Pope)

0650 AD

TatianTatian
(Writer, theologian)

0120 AD

Demetrius I SoterDemetrius I Soter
(Ruler)

0187 BC

Seleucus VI EpiphanesSeleucus VI Epiphanes
Abd ar-Rahman IAbd ar-Rahman I

0731 AD

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

09 January 1946

Bilal ibn RibahBilal ibn Ribah
(Muezzin)

0580 AD

Tariq ibn-ZiyadTariq ibn-Ziyad
(Military commander)

0670 AD

Abu AbbasAbu Abbas

10 December 1948

ZengiZengi
(Ruler)

1087 AD

Iamblichus of ChalcisIamblichus of Chalcis
(Philosopher)

0245 AD

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

0646 AD

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

06 September 1808