100 Notable alumni of
American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut is 255th in the world, 51st in Asia, and 1st in Lebanon by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from the American University of Beirut sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff.

  1. Zaha Hadid

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    Zaha Hadid
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1950-2016 (aged 66)
    Enrolled in the American University of Beirut
    Graduated with bachelor's degree in mathematics
    Occupations
    architectdesigneruniversity teacherjewelry designerartist
    Biography

    Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was a British Iraqi architect, artist and designer, recognised as a major figure in architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid studied mathematics as an undergraduate and then enrolled at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1972. In search of an alternative system to traditional architectural drawing, and influenced by Suprematism and the Russian avant-garde, Hadid adopted painting as a design tool and abstraction as an investigative principle to "reinvestigate the aborted and untested experiments of Modernism [...] to unveil new fields of building."

  2. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

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    Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
    Born in
    Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacherwritereconomistanthropologist
    Biography

    Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai; born 19 May 1949) is an Afghan politician, academic, and economist who is serving as President of Afghanistan. He was first elected on 20 September 2014 and was re-elected in the 28 September 2019 presidential election. He was announced the winner after a protracted process in February 2020 and was sworn in for a second term on 9 March 2020. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as Minister of Finance and the Chancellor of Kabul University.

  3. Mahmoud Hessaby

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    Mahmoud Hessaby
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1903-1992 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    physicistacademicpolitician
    Biography

    Mahmoud Hessabi was an Iranian nuclear physicist and senator. He was the Minister of Education for Iran in the cabinet of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh from 1951 to 1952.

  4. Samir Geagea

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    Samir Geagea
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary personnelphysician
    Biography

    Samir Farid Geagea is a Lebanese politician and militia commander who serves as the executive chairman of the Lebanese Forces since 1986.

  5. Walid Jumblatt

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    Walid Jumblatt
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Walid Kamal Jumblatt is a Lebanese Druze politician and former militia commander who has been leading the Progressive Socialist Party since 1977.

  6. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh

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    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the international Jordan-based organisation, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org). Dubbed as the godfather of Arab accounting, Abu-Ghazaleh has also been credited for promoting the significance of Intellectual Property in the Arab World.

  7. Zalmay Khalilzad

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    Zalmay Khalilzad
    Born in
    Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad is an Afghan-American diplomat, who has served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the State Department since September 2018. Previously, he served as a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the president of Gryphon Partners and Khalilzad Associates, an international business consulting firm, based in Washington, D.C.

  8. George Habash

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    George Habash
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1926-2008 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    politicianphysician
    Biography

    George Habash, also known by his laqab "al-Hakim" (Arabic: الحكيم‎, "the wise one" or "the doctor"; 2 August 1926 – 26 January 2008) was a Palestinian Christian politician who founded the left-wing secular nationalist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Habash served as Secretary-General of the PFLP until 2000, when ill health forced him to resign.

  9. Gebran Bassil

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    Gebran Bassil
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Gebran Gerge Bassil is a Lebanese politician who serves as the president of the Free Patriotic Movement since 2015, succeding its founder Michel Aoun (his father-in-law), as well as the Strong Lebanon Bloc in the Parliament of Lebanon. He has been Aoun's most senior advisor since 2005.

  10. Abdulla Yameen

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    Abdulla Yameen
    Born in
    Maldives Flag Maldives
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is a Maldivian politician who was the 6th President of the Maldives from 2013 to 2018. He left office on 17 November 2018 following his defeat in the 2018 presidential election, in which he sought to win a second 5-year term. As of February 2020, he was imprisoned in Maafushi Prison for money-laundering crimes.

  11. Wadie Haddad

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    Wadie Haddad
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1927-1978 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    physicianactivistpolitician
    Biography

    Wadie Haddad, also known as Abu Hani, was a Palestinian leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's armed wing. He was responsible for organizing several civilian airplane hijackings in support of the Palestinian cause in the 1960s and 1970s.

  12. Ali Al-Wardi

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    Ali Al-Wardi
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1913-1995 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    anthropologisthistorianwriter
    Biography

    Ali Al-Wardi was an Iraqi Social Scientist specialized in the field of Social history.

  13. Ali Jaber

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    Ali Jaber
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    television presenter
    Biography

    Ali Jaber is a Lebanese journalist, media consultant, TV personality and the Group TV Director of MBC, the Arab world's largest satellite broadcaster.

  14. Ghada al-Samman

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    Ghada al-Samman
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1942-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    journalistauthornovelistpoetwriter
    Biography

    Ghadah Al-Samman is a Syrian writer, journalist and novelist born in Damascus in 1942 to a prominent and conservative Damascene family, she is remotely related to Nizar Qabbani the famous poet. Her father was Ahmed Al-Samman, a president of the Syrian University. She was deeply influenced by him since her mother died at a very young age.

  15. Ali Akbar Salehi

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    Ali Akbar Salehi
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacherdiplomatscientistphysicist
    Biography

    Ali Akbar Salehi is an Iranian academic, diplomat and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. He served as head of the AEOI from 2009 to 2010 and was appointed to the post for a second time on 16 August 2013. Before the appointment of his current position, he was foreign affairs minister from 2010 to 2013. He was also the Iranian representative in the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1998 to 2003.

  16. Wasfi Tal

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    Wasfi Tal
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1919-1971 (aged 52)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Wasfi Tal was a Jordanian politician, statesman and general. He served as Prime Minister of Jordan for three separate terms, 1962–63, 1965–67 and 1970 until his assassination in 1971.

  17. Rula Ghani

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    Rula Ghani
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rula F. Saadah Ghani [Pashto-ژړا ژړا] is the current First Lady of Afghanistan, the wife of the incumbent President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.

  18. Najib Mikati

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    Najib Mikati
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politicianentrepreneur
    Biography

    Najib Azmi Mikati is a Lebanese politician, and billionaire businessman, who served as Prime Minister of Lebanon in 2005 and from 2011 to 2014. From April 2005 to July 2005 he was Prime Minister of Lebanon in a caretaker government. On 25 January 2011, he was nominated to serve as Prime Minister by a majority of the votes in the parliamentary consultations following the 12 January fall of the Lebanese government of November 2009. The government was formed on 13 June 2011, after many delays. On 22 March 2013, Mikati submitted his resignation from office, which Lebanese president Michel Suleiman accepted on 23 March 2013. He won the parliamentary elections 2018 in Tripoli, Lebanon

  19. Badryah El-Bishr

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    Badryah El-Bishr
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Badriah Al-Beshr is a Saudi Arabian writer and novelist. She was born in Riyadh and obtained a bachelor's degree and master's degree from King Saud University and a PhD from the Lebanese University in 2005. She has taught at Al Jazeera University in Dubai. A weekly columnist at Al Yamama magazine since 1997, she won the prize for "best newspaper column" at the Arabic Press Awards in 2011, becoming the first woman to do so. She also writes regularly for Al Hayat newspaper.

  20. Shoghi Effendi

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    Shoghi Effendi
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1897-1957 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    religious leaderGuardian of the Bahá'í Faithtranslator
    Biography

    Shoghí Effendi was the grandson and successor of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, appointed to the role of Guardian of the Baháʼí Faith from 1921 until his death in 1957. Shoghi Effendi created a series of teaching plans that oversaw the expansion of the faith to many new countries. He also translated and provided authoritative interpretation of many of the writings of the Baháʼí central figures. He was succeeded by an interim arrangement of the Hands of the Cause until the election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963.

  21. Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni

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    Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1908-1948 (aged 40)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, also spelled Abd al-Qader al-Husseini (1907 – 8 April 1948) was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and fighter who in late 1933 founded the secret militant group known as the Organization for Holy Struggle (Munathamat al-Jihad al-Muqaddas), which he and Hasan Salama commanded as the Army of the Holy War (Jaysh al-Jihad al-Muqaddas) during the 1936–1939 Arab revolt and during the 1948 war.

  22. Ibrahim Tuqan

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    Ibrahim Tuqan
    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1905-1941 (aged 36)
    Occupations
    poetwriterliteraryjournalist
    Biography

    Ibrahim Abd al-Fattah Tuqan was a Palestinian nationalist poet whose work rallied Arabs during their revolt against the British mandate. Tuqan was born in Nablus, Palestine. He was the brother of poet Fadwa Tuqan and he tutored and influenced her to write poetry. Ibrahim belonged to the prominent Tuqan family that governed Nablus during the 18th and 19th centuries.

  23. Fouad Siniora

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    Fouad Siniora
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Fouad Siniora is a Lebanese politician, a former Prime Minister of Lebanon, a position he held from 19 July 2005 to 25 May 2008. He stepped down on 9 November 2009 in favor of Saad Hariri, the late Rafik Hariri's son. He is the leader of the parliamentary group of the Future Movement.

  24. Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi

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    Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi
    Born in
    United Arab Emirates Flag United Arab Emirates
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    emir
    Biography

    Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi is the current Ruler of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

  25. Jihad Mughniyah

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    Jihad Mughniyah
    Years
    1991-2015 (aged 24)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jihad Mughniyah was a prominent member of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah and the son of Imad Mugniyah. He was killed in 2015 in the Mazraat Amal incident, an airstrike attributed to Israel.

  26. Antun Saadeh

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    Antun Saadeh
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1904-1949 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    politicianphilosopherjournalistwriter
    Biography

    Antoun Saadeh was a Lebanese politician, philosopher and writer who founded the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.

  27. Ted Arison

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    Ted Arison
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1924-1999 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    ship-ownerbankerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Ted Arison was an Israeli businessman who co-founded Norwegian Cruise Lines in 1966 with Knut Kloster and soon left to form Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972.

  28. Hanan Ashrawi

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    Hanan Ashrawi
    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politicianhuman rights activistuniversity teacheranglicist
    Biography

    Hanan Daoud Mikhael Ashrawi is a Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar who served as a member of the Leadership Committee and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991. In 1996, Ashrawi was appointed as the Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education and Research. Prior to that, she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Birzeit University and head of its Legal Aid Committee since the mid-1970s.

  29. Hamed Sinno

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    Hamed Sinno
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    musiciansinger
    Biography

    Hamed Sinno is the Lebanese-American lead singer of the alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila.

  30. Jurji Zaydan

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    Jurji Zaydan
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1861-1914 (aged 53)
    Occupations
    writerpoetjournalistteachernovelist
    Biography

    Jurji Zaydan was a prolific Lebanese novelist, journalist, editor and teacher, most noted for his creation of the magazine Al-Hilal, which he used to serialize his twenty three historical novels.

  31. Ismail al-Azhari

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    Ismail al-Azhari
    Born in
    Sudan Flag Sudan
    Years
    1900-1969 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ismail al-Azhari was a Sudanese nationalist and political figure. He served as the first Prime Minister of Sudan between 1954 and 1956, and as President of Sudan from 1965 until he was overthrown by Gaafar Nimeiry in 1969.

  32. Riad Salameh

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    Riad Salameh
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    banker
    Biography

    Riad Toufic Salameh is the Governor of Lebanon's central bank, Banque du Liban since April 1993. He was appointed Governor by decree, approved by the Council of Ministers for a renewable term of six years. He was reappointed for four consecutive terms; in 1999, 2005, 2011 and 2017.

  33. Sa'dun Hammadi

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    Sa'dun Hammadi
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1930-2007 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    politicianbanker
    Biography

    Sa'dun Hammadi was briefly Prime Minister of Iraq under President Saddam Hussein from March until September 1991. He succeeded Hussein, who had previously been prime minister in addition to being president, but was forced out due to his reformist views.

  34. Hisham Kabbani

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    Hisham Kabbani
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    Islamic scholar
    Biography

    Muhammad Hisham Kabbani is a Lebanese-American Sufi Muslim scholar belonging to the Naqsbandi Sufi Order. Kabbani has counseled and advised Muslim leaders to build community resilience against violent extremism. His criticism of extremism has stirred controversy among some American Muslims. In 2012, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named him on The 500 Most Influential Muslims. His notable students include the world-famous boxer Muhammad Ali and former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

  35. Salam Fayyad

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    Salam Fayyad
    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Salam Fayyad is a Jordanian-Palestinian politician and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority and Finance Minister.

  36. Selim al-Hoss

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    Selim al-Hoss
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1929-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    economistdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Selim Ahmed Hoss is a veteran Lebanese politician who served as the Prime Minister of Lebanon and a longtime Member of Parliament representing his hometown, Beirut. He is known as a technocrat.

  37. Omar Abu Risha

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    Omar Abu Risha
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1910-1990 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    poetplaywrightdiplomat
    Biography

    Omar Abu-Riche was an influential Syrian poet known for his pioneering works.

  38. İhsan Doğramacı

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    İhsan Doğramacı
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1915-2010 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    pediatricianphilanthropistacademicscientistrector
    Biography

    Professor İhsan Doğramacı was a Turkish paediatrician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, educationalist and college administrator of Iraqi Turkmen descent born in Arbil, Iraq, then Ottoman Empire.

  39. Adnan Pachachi

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    Adnan Pachachi
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1923-2019 (aged 96)
    Enrolled in the American University of Beirut
    In 1943 studied political science
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Adnan al-Pachachi or Adnan Muzahim Ameen al-Pachachi was a veteran Iraqi and Emirati politician and diplomat who served as Foreign Minister. Pachachi was Iraq's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1959 to 1965 and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq from 1965 to 1967, during the Six-Day War with Israel; he again served as Permanent Representative to the UN from 1967 to 1969. After 1971, he spent a long period in exile. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Pachachi was an important figure in Iraqi politics, often described as Iraq's elder statesman. He rejected the role of president in the Iraqi Interim Government.

  40. Sadiq Jalal al-Azm

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    Sadiq Jalal al-Azm
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1934-2016 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    philosopheruniversity teacherwriter
    Biography

    Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm was a Professor Emeritus of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Damascus in Syria and was, until 2007, a visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His main area of specialization was the work of German philosopher Immanuel Kant, but he later placed a greater emphasis upon the Islamic world and its relationship to the West, evidenced by his contribution to the discourse of Orientalism. Al-Azm was also known as a human rights advocate and a champion of intellectual freedom and free speech.

  41. Faris al-Khoury

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    Faris al-Khoury
    Years
    1877-1962 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Faris al-Khoury was a Syrian statesman, minister, prime minister, speaker of parliament, and godfather of modern Syrian politics. Faris Khoury went on to become prime minister of Syria from October 14, 1944, to October 1, 1945, and from October 1954 to February 13, 1955. Faris Koury's position as prime minister is, as of 2017, the highest political position a Syrian Christian has ever reached. Khoury's electoral popularity was due in part to his staunch secularist and nationalist policies. As a die-hard Syrian nationalist, Khoury never compromised on his principles and was resolutely against pan-Arabism and the ill-fated union between Syria and Egypt. Khoury opposed the short-lived union between Nasser's Egypt and republican Syria, the United Arab Republic. Through it all Faris Khoury served his country for almost 50 years. He was the grandfather of noted Syrian novelist Colette Khoury.

  42. Karimeh Abbud

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    Karimeh Abbud
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1893-1940 (aged 47)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Karimeh Abbud, was a Palestinian professional photographer and artist who lived and worked in Palestine in the first half of the twentieth century. She was one of the first woman photographers in the Arab World.

  43. Mohammed Waheed Hassan

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    Mohammed Waheed Hassan
    Born in
    Maldives Flag Maldives
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik was the 5th President of the Maldives from 7 February 2012 to 17 November 2013, having succeeded to office following the disputed resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed, under whom Waheed had served as the Maldives' first Vice President in over half a century since 2008. He had previously worked as a news anchor, a United Nations official with UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, and a member of the Maldivian Parliament. Waheed was the first citizen of the Maldives to receive a PhD, having received it at Stanford University in the U.S., and reportedly the first person to appear on Maldivian Television.

  44. Charles Malik

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    Charles Malik
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1906-1987 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    diplomatphilosopherpoliticianwriter
    Biography

    Charles Habib Malik was a Lebanese academic, diplomat, philosopher, and politician. He served as the Lebanese representative to the United Nations, the President of the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations General Assembly, a member of the Lebanese Cabinet, a national minister of Education and the Arts, and of Foreign Affairs and Emigration, and theologian. He was responsible for the drafting and adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  45. Fadi Ghandour

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    Fadi Ghandour
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Fadi Ghandour is a Jordanian Lebanese entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that builds and invests in entrepreneurship ecosystems across the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and East Africa through Ecosystem Development programs and a Venture Capital fund investing in technology-enabled companies that operate in these markets.

  46. Talal Arslan

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    Talal Arslan
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Emir Talal Arslan is a Lebanese politician, Political Leader of the Druze sect. He is the chief of the Arslan family, who claim to be descendants of the Lakhmids.

  47. Nasri Atallah

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    Nasri Atallah
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Nasri Atallah is a British-Lebanese author, producer, television host and media entrepreneur. He is one of the co-founders of Last Floor Productions and a regular contributor to GQ Middle East.

  48. Nazim al-Kudsi

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    Nazim al-Kudsi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1906-1998 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Nazim al-Qudsi, was a Syrian politician who served as President of Syria from December 14, 1961 to March 8, 1963.

  49. Reem Acra

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    Reem Acra
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    fashion designer
    Biography

    Reem Acra is a fashion designer born in Beirut, Lebanon, known for her eponymous bridal gown line and her ready-to-wear collection.

  50. Anbara Salam Khalidy

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    Anbara Salam Khalidy
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1897-1986 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    translatorpoetwriter
    Biography

    Anbara Salam Khalidi was a Lebanese feminist, translator and author, who significantly contributed to the emancipation of Arab women.

  51. Bahia Hariri

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    Bahia Hariri
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bahia Bahaeddine Hariri is a Lebanese politician and sister of late former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

  52. Kamal Nasser

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    Kamal Nasser
    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1924-1973 (aged 49)
    Occupations
    politicianpoet
    Biography

    Kamal Butros Nasser was a Palestinian political leader, writer and poet.

  53. Ahmad Jarba

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    Ahmad Jarba
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ahmad Jarba, born in the city of Qamishli in 1969, is a Syrian opposition member and former political prisoner. He is a public opponent of Bashar al-Assad and between 6 July 2013 and 11 July 2014 he was President of the Syrian National Coalition, which is the main coalition of opposition groups in the Syrian Civil War, as well as being a member of the Syrian National Council. His election took place in the second round of voting of a three days meeting organized by the Coalition in order to renew its board. He obtained 55 votes, three more than his rival Mustafa Sabbagh, who was supported by Qatar. According to a July 2013 article in The Economist, "there is little reason to believe he will wield more influence than his predecessor, Moaz al-Khatib." Jarba was re-elected on 5 January 2014, with 65 votes, defeating his only opponent Riyad Farid Hijab by 13 votes.

  54. Tony Nader

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    Tony Nader
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Occupations
    neurologist
    Biography

    Tony Nader is a Lebanese neuro-scientist, researcher, university president, author and leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement. He has a medical degree in internal medicine, received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a clinical and research fellow at a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

  55. Fahda bint Saud

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    Fahda bint Saud
    Born in
    Saudi Arabia Flag Saudi Arabia
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    writerpainter
    Biography

    Fahda bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a Saudi Arabian artist and a member of House of Saud.

  56. As'ad AbuKhalil

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    As'ad AbuKhalil
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    political scientistblogger
    Biography

    As'ad AbuKhalil is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus.

  57. Abdelmunim al-Rifai

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    Abdelmunim al-Rifai
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1917-1985 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Abdul-Monem Rifai was a Jordanian diplomat and political figure of Palestinian descent, who served two non-consecutive terms as the Prime Minister of Jordan in 1969 and 1970.

  58. Huda Zoghbi

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    Huda Zoghbi
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    physicianuniversity teacherneurologist
    Biography

    Huda Yahya Zoghbi, born Huda El-Hibri, is a Lebanese-born American geneticist, and a professor at the Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics, Neuroscience and Neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine. She is the director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.

  59. Saeb Salam

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    Saeb Salam
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1905-2000 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Saeb Salam was a Lebanese politician, who served as Prime Minister six times between 1952 and 1973. Following his death, the Lebanese daily As-Safir described Salam as "most successful in dealing with the media and in presenting a particular image of himself to people on a daily basis through wearing his customary carnation... and expounding unforgettable slogans", and that he was Lebanon's most popular prime minister after independence leader Riad Al Solh. A significant aspect of Salam was that, unlike other Lebanese leaders, he did not act as a chief over a particular area in the country. Salam fiercely advocated the unity of Lebanon.

  60. Mariam C. Said

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    writer
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    Mariam C. Said is a major force behind the newly established Barenboim-Said Academy (BSA) and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) that was co-founded in 1999 by her late husband Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim. Mrs. Said also serves as the Vice President of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA.

  61. Kamal Salibi

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    Years
    1929-2011 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    archaeologisthistorianwriteruniversity teacher
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    Kamal Suleiman Salibi was a Lebanese historian, professor of history at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the founding Director (later Honorary President) of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies in Amman, Jordan. He was a lifetime bachelor, who devoted his life to books.

  62. Abdelraouf al-Rawabdeh

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    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Abdelraouf al-Rawabdeh was Prime Minister of Jordan from 4 March 1999 until 19 June 2000, a leading political figure from the north city of Irbid in Jordan.

  63. Haig Papazian

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    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    musician
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    Haig Papazian is a Lebanese-Armenian multidisciplinary artist, composer, and architect born in Beirut and currently based out of New York. He is a founding member and violinist of Lebanese pop band Mashrou' Leila.

  64. Ayah Bdeir

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    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    artistentrepreneurengineerdesigner
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    Ayah Bdeir is an entrepreneur, inventor, and interactive artist. She is the founder and CEO of littleBits.

  65. Kim Ghattas

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    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    journalist
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    Kim Ghattas is a Dutch-Lebanese journalist for the BBC who has covered the US State Department. She is a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East, which The New York Times recognized as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2020."

  66. Nemr Abou Nassar

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    Born in
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    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    comedian
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    Nemr Abou Nassar is a Lebanese-American stand-up comic who now performs globally using only his first name, Nemr. He has always performed in English, and now performs regularly in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East in multiple-languages.

  67. Constantin Zureiq

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    Years
    1909-2000 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    political scientisthistorianprofessordiplomat
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    Constantin K. Zurayk was a prominent and influential Syrian Arab intellectual who was one of the first to pioneer and express the importance of Arab nationalism. He stressed the urgent need to transform stagnant Arab society by means of rational thought and radical modification of the methods of thinking and acting. He developed some ideas, such as the "Arab mission" and "national philosophy", which were to become key concepts for Arab nationalist thinkers, and in more recent years was a strong proponent of an intellectual reformation of Arab society, emphasizing the need for rationalism and an ethical revolution.

  68. Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar

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    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1880-1940 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
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    Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar was a prominent Syrian nationalist during the French Mandate of Syria and a leading opponent of compromise with French authority. His devotion to Arab nationalism dated to the days of the Committee of Union and Progress and its "Turkification" policies. He supported the Arab Revolt during World War I and briefly headed the foreign ministry under Emir Faisal.

  69. Rima Khalaf

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    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
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    Rima Khalaf Hunaidi is a national of Jordan who served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) from 2010 to 2017. She resigned from this position in March 2017, following a request from the UN Secretary General António Guterres to withdraw a report that accused Israel of establishing an apartheid regime.

  70. Ignatius IV of Antioch

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    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1920-2012 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    priest
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    Patriarch Ignatius IV was the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All The East from 1979 to 2012.

  71. Raya Haffar El Hassan

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    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Raya El Hassan is a Lebanese politician who held the office of the interior and municipalities ministry, and the finance ministry. She is the first woman in Lebanon to be appointed to these and equivalent posts in the government.

  72. Ghassan Tueni

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    Years
    1926-2012 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    journalistwriterpoliticiandiplomat
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    Ghassan Tueni was a veteran Lebanese journalist, politician and diplomat who headed An Nahar, one of the Arab World's leading newspapers. He was often referred to as the "Dean of Lebanese Journalism".

  73. Mohamad Chatah

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    Years
    1951-2013 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    economistdiplomatpolitician
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    Mohamad Bahaa Shattah was a Lebanese economist and diplomat.

  74. Mansur al-Atrash

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    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1925-2006 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Mansur al-Atrash was a Syrian politician and journalist. Together with fellow university students, Atrash became a founding member of the Ba'ath Party and its Syrian regional branch in 1947. During the presidency of Adib Shishakli (1951–54), he became an anti-government activist and was imprisoned twice, only to be released in an unsuccessful attempt by Shishakli to gain the support of Atrash's father, Sultan. In the year Shishakli was overthrown, Atrash was elected to parliament and turned down an offer to serve in Said al-Ghazzi's government. During the period of the United Arab Republic (1958–61), Atrash became a strong supporter of Egyptian president and pan-Arab leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. He opposed Syria's secession from the UAR and turned down offers to serve in successive separatist governments in protest.

  75. Faisal Al-Shuhail

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    Died in 2021
    Enrolled in the American University of Beirut
    Graduated with Bachelor of Economics
    Occupations
    businessperson
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    Faisal Al-Shuhail was a Saudi Arabian businessman. He was among others president of the Saudi Railways Organization, Al Hilal and Al-Nahda Club and vice-president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. He studied in Baghdad, then he had a BA in Economics and Finance at the American University of Beirut, and a Master's degree in business administration from the United States.

  76. Fawzi al-Mulki

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    Years
    1910-1962 (aged 52)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
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    Fawzi El-Mulki was a Jordanian diplomat and politician. While serving as ambassador to the United Kingdom in the early 1950s, he befriended King Hussein, who was studying there. In 1953 Hussein appointed al-Mulki to be prime minister of Jordan. He was dismissed in 1954 after his liberal policies caused riots throughout the country.

  77. Suad Amiry

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    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    architectengineerwriter
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    Suad Amiry is an author and architect living in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

  78. Yacoub Sarraf

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    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Yacoub Riad Sarraf is a Lebanese politician. He was born in the town of Miniara in the Akkar district of northern Lebanon.

  79. Thuraya al-Urayyid

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    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    writer
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    Thuraya AlArrayed: is an Arabic language Saudi poet and writer she was born in 1948, and received a bachelor's degree from the College of Beirut, in 1966, and then an MBA from American University of Beirut in 1969 and PhD from the University of North Carolina, United States General in 1975.

  80. Taha Baqir

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    Born in
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    Years
    1912-1984 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    anthropologistlinguistarchaeologisthistorianassyriologist
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    Taha Baqir was an Iraqi archaeologist, author, cuneiformist, linguist, historian, and former curator of the National Museum of Iraq.

  81. Rosarita Tawil

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    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    modelbeauty pageant contestantactor
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    Rosarita Tawil is a Lebanese humanitarian activist, model, fashion designer and beauty pageant title-holder who was crowned Miss Lebanon 2008.

  82. Ali Eid

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    Ali Eid
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    Years
    1940-2015 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Ali Eid was a Lebanese politician. He was the leader of the Alawite Community. He founded the Arab Democratic Party in 1972 and until his death served as General Secretary of the Arab Democratic Party.

  83. Majid Khadduri

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    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1909-2007 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    juristuniversity teacher
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    Majid Khadduri was an Iraqi–born academic. He was founder of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Middle East Studies program, a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C. Internationally, he was recognized as a leading authority on a wide variety of Islamic subjects, modern history and the politics of the Middle East. He was the author of more than 35 books in English and Arabic and hundreds of articles.

  84. Samir al-Rifai

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    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1896-1965 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
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    Samir al-Rifai was Jordanian politician. He served several terms as the Prime Minister of Jordan. He was born in Safed.

  85. Mary Ajami

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    Mary Ajami
    Born in
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    Years
    1888-1965 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    salonnièrejournalistwriter
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    Mary Ajami was a Syrian feminist and pioneering Arabic-language writer who launched the first women's newspaper in Western Asia and North Africa called al-'Arus (the Bride).

  86. Wael Abou Faour

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    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Wael Abou Faour is a Lebanese politician who served as the Minister of Health.

  87. Abdullah Rimawi

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    Born in
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    Years
    1920-1980 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Abdullah Rimawi was the head of the Ba'ath Party in Jordan in the 1950s. He served as Foreign Affairs Minister in Suleiman Nabulsi's government in 1957. A staunch pan-Arabist, Rimawi became one of the most vocal opponents of the Hashemite ruling family in Jordan and favored union with Syria. He fled Jordan in 1957 as the result of a crisis between the leftist government he was a part of and the royal family. He based himself in the United Arab Republic (UAR; result of union between Egypt and Syria in 1958) where he drew closer to UAR President Gamal Abdel Nasser provoking his expulsion from the Ba'ath Party—which was at odds with Nasser—in 1959. Soon after he founded a splinter party called the Arab Socialist Revolutionary Ba'ath Party. During his exile, he allegedly made a number of attempts to attack or undermine the Jordanian monarchy.

  88. Kevork Ajemian

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    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1932-1998 (aged 66)
    Enrolled in the American University of Beirut
    Studied in 1958
    Occupations
    journalistwriter
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    Kevork Vartani Ajemian was a prominent Lebanese-Armenian writer, journalist, novelist, theorist and public activist, and long-time publisher of the Beirut-based literary, artistic and general publication Spurk (in Armenian Սփիւռք). Ajemian was a co-founder of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) military organization.

  89. Ahmad Toukan

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    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1903-1981 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Ahmad Toukan was a Jordanian political leader of Palestinian descent who was the Prime Minister of Jordan from 26 September 1970 to 28 October 1970.

  90. Sulayman al-Nabulsi

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    Sulayman al-Nabulsi
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1908-1976 (aged 68)
    Enrolled in the American University of Beirut
    Studied jurisprudence and social studies
    Occupations
    diplomateconomistpolitician
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    Suleiman Nabulsi was a leftist Jordanian political figure who served as Prime Minister of Jordan in 1956–57.

  91. Mohammad Qayoumi

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    Born in
    Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    engineer
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    Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi is an engineer and professor who currently serves as acting Minister of Finance and as the Chief Adviser on Infrastructure and Technology to the President of Afghanistan. He previously served as President of San José State University where he was appointed on March 23, 2011. Prior to that, he served as the fourth president of California State University, East Bay. He has worked in university administration for more than 30 years and has a background in both engineering and business. Qayoumi was born in Afghanistan and is the first person of Afghan descent to head a major U.S. university.

  92. Nassif Hitti

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    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    politician
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    Nassif Youssef Hitti is a Lebanese diplomat, academic, professor and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.

  93. Tarek Mitri

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    Tarek Mitri
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
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    Tarek Mitri is a Lebanese university professor, independent politician and former government minister.

  94. Khaled Toukan

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    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Khaled Toukan is the current chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, he served previously as the Minister of Energy for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2011), Minister of Education (2000-2008), and as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (2001–2002).

  95. Adel Osseiran

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    Adel Osseiran
    Years
    1905-1998 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Adel Osseiran - also transliterated Adil and/or 'Usayran or Osseyran - was a prominent Lebanese statesman, a former Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, and one of the founding fathers of the Lebanese Republic.

  96. Sami Moubayed

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    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    journalisthistorian
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    Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian and writer who has written extensively on the modern history of Damascus from the late Ottoman period until creation of the Syrian-Egyptian union republic in 1958. In 2017 he co-founded The Damascus History Foundation, a non-governmental organization aimed at preserving the archives of the ancient city of Damascus, threatened with extinction because of age, poor preservation, or neglect, becoming its founding chairman.

  97. Abdelhamid Sharaf

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    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1939-1980 (aged 41)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Abdelhamid Sharaf, was Prime Minister of Jordan from December 1979 until his death of a heart attack after seven months in office. Sharaf was ambassador to the United States (1967–1972), Canada (1969–1972) and the United Nations (1972–1976).

  98. Samir Mouqbel

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    Years
    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    engineerpolitician
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    Samir Mouqbel is a Lebanese politician. He was the deputy prime minister and defense minister of Lebanon.

  99. Rami George Khouri

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    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    journalist
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    Rami George Khouri is a journalist and editor with joint Palestinian-Jordanian and United States citizenship. He was born in New York City to an Arab Palestinian Christian family. His father, George Khouri, a Nazarene journalist in what was the British mandate of Palestine, had traveled with his wife to New York in 1947 to cover the United Nations (UN) debates about the future of Palestine. His family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is also a highly regarded public speaker. After attending secondary school at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland Rami Khouri returned to the US to complete his education. Khouri has served for many years as the chief umpire for Little League Baseball in Jordan.

  100. Muhammad Loutfi Goumah

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    Years
    1886-1953 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    barristertranslatorjournalistwriterpolitician
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    Muhammad Loutfi Goumah, is an Egyptian patriot, essayist, author, and barrister, he studied law and became one of Egypt's most famous lawyers and public speakers. He was a member of the prestigious Arab Academy of Damascus, he spoke Arabic, English, French and Italian, he also had a profound knowledge of Hieroglyphic and Latin.