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

Michael AnsaraMichael Ansara
15 April 1922
Actor

Jwan YosefJwan Yosef
06 September 1984
Painter, Artist

Asma al-AssadAsma al-Assad
11 August 1975
First Lady of Syria

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

Abdulfattah Jandali Abdulfattah Jandali
15 March 1931
Steve Jobs' Biological Father
Saint PeterSaint Peter
0001 AD
Saint

Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
09 January 1910
politician, writer, sociologist, philosopher
Yazid IYazid I
20 July 0647
Caliph

ZenobiaZenobia
0240 AD
Queen

BaibarsBaibars
19 July 1223
Sultan of Egypt
Al-FarabiAl-Farabi
0872 AD
Philosopher

Salah JadidSalah Jadid
1926 AD
politician
John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
0676 AD
Saint

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
0731 AD
 

Al-Walid IAl-Walid I
0668 AD
Caliph of Damascus
Demetrius I of MacedonDemetrius I of Macedon
0337 BC
Military leader

Rifaat al-AssadRifaat al-Assad
22 August 1937
politician, military personnel
Najwa bin LadenNajwa bin Laden
1959 AD
Osama bin Laden's wife

Julia DomnaJulia Domna
0160 AD
Septimius Severus' wife

Antiochus I SoterAntiochus I Soter
0324 BC
King

Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus
09 December 0092
 
Hisham ibn Abd al-MalikHisham ibn Abd al-Malik
0691 AD
Caliph
NumerianNumerian
0254 AD
Emperor

PosidoniusPosidonius
0135 BC
Philosopher

Muawiya IIMuawiya II
28 March 0661
Caliph

Pope ConstantinePope Constantine
0664 AD
 
LukeLuke
 

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Ptolemy VI PhilometorPtolemy VI Philometor
0186 BC
King

Omar Bakri MuhammadOmar Bakri Muhammad
1958 AD
Militant Leader

TatianTatian
0120 AD
Writer, theologian

Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
0650 AD
Pope
Pope SisinniusPope Sisinnius
0650 AD
Pope

Publilius SyrusPublilius Syrus
0085 BC
Writer, Playwright, Poet
Wafa SultanWafa Sultan
14 June 1958
psychiatrist, writer, psychologist

Demetrius I SoterDemetrius I Soter
0187 BC
Ruler

Abd ar-Rahman IAbd ar-Rahman I
0731 AD
 
Bilal ibn RibahBilal ibn Ribah
0580 AD
Muezzin

Seleucus VI EpiphanesSeleucus VI Epiphanes
 
Abu AbbasAbu Abbas
10 December 1948
 

Tariq ibn-ZiyadTariq ibn-Ziyad
0670 AD
Military commander

Levon Ter-PetrossianLevon Ter-Petrossian
09 January 1946
Former President of Armenia

Iamblichus of ChalcisIamblichus of Chalcis
0245 AD
Philosopher

Abd al-MalikAbd al-Malik
0646 AD
Caliph of Damascus
ZengiZengi
1087 AD
Ruler

Abd al-QadirAbd al-Qadir
06 September 1808
Algerian military leader