99 Notable alumni of
Damascus University

Damascus University is 329th in the world, 64th in Asia, and 1st in Syria by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 99 notable alumni from Damascus University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Bashar al-Assad

    Bashar al-Assad
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    1982-1988 graduated with bachelor's degree in medicine
    Occupations
    military leaderstatespersonophthalmologist
    Biography

    Bashar Hafez al-Assad is a Syrian politician who is the 19th president of Syria, since 17 July 2000. In addition, he is the commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces and the Secretary-General of the Central Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. His father, Hafez al-Assad, was the president of Syria before him, serving from 1971 to 2000.

  2. Mahmoud Abbas

    Mahmoud Abbas
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    politicianjurist
    Biography

    Mahmoud Abbas, also known by the kunya Abu Mazen (Arabic: أَبُو مَازِن, ʾAbū Māzin), is the president of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian National Authority. He has been the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since 11 November 2004, PNA president since 15 January 2005, and State of Palestine president since 8 May 2005. Abbas is also a member of the Fatah party and was elected chairman in 2009.

  3. Nizar Qabbani

    Nizar Qabbani
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1923-1998 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    writerpoetdiplomat
    Biography

    Nizar Tawfiq Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet, writer and publisher. His poetic style combines simplicity and elegance in exploring themes of love, eroticism, feminism, religion, and Arab nationalism. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world, and is considered to be Syria's National Poet.

  4. Mohammed Rateb al-Nabulsi

    Mohammed Rateb al-Nabulsi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Mohammed Rateb Al-Nabulsi is a Syrian writer, professor, Islamic scholar, and Co-founder & manager (Nabulsi Encyclopedia of Islamic Science). He was a professor at Damascus University. He was living in Syria but after the Syrian Revolution started in 2011 he went to Jordan.

  5. Bassel al-Assad

    Bassel al-Assad
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1962-1994 (aged 32)
    Occupations
    civil engineermilitary officerpolitician
    Biography

    Bassel al-Assad was a Syrian engineer, colonel, and politician who was the eldest son of President of Syria Hafez al-Assad and the older brother of (later) President Bashar al-Assad. It was widely expected that he would succeed his father as President of Syria until he died in a car accident in 1994.

  6. Kosai Khauli

    Kosai Khauli
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    television actoractor
    Biography

    Kosai Khauli is a Syrian actor. He is a Maronite. He portrayed the king of Egypt Ismai’il Pasha in the 2014 historic TV drama Saraya Abdeen that was aired on MBC in 2014.

  7. Maher al-Assad

    Maher al-Assad
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Maher al-Assad is a Syrian general and commander of the Republican Guard and the army's elite Fourth Armoured Division, which together with Syria's secret police form the core of the country's security forces. He is also a member of the Central Committee of the Ba'ath Party's Syrian Regional Branch. He is thought by some to be the second-most powerful man in Syria after his brother Bashar, the current President.

  8. Sabah Jazairi

    Sabah Jazairi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    actor
    Biography

    Sabah Jazairi is a veteran Syrian actress who has appeared in numerous drama and television series, comedy shorts, and theatrical plays, including "Al Ababid", "Aa'id ila Haifa" (Returning to Haifa) and Bab Al-Hara (The Alley's Gate). Nicknamed "The Cinderella of the Syrian Screen", Jazairi's long career has spanned over five decades and she has performed in over 80 television series. Throughout her long and illustrious career she has been the recipient of many awards.

  9. Bushra al Assad

    Bushra al Assad
    Born in
    Egypt Flag Egypt
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    pharmacist
    Biography

    Bushra al-Assad is the first child and only daughter of Hafez al-Assad, who was the president of Syria from 1971 to 2000. She is the sister of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She is the widow of Assef Shawkat, the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian Armed Forces and former head of the Syrian Military Intelligence, who was killed in an explosion on 18 July 2012.

  10. Rifaat al-Assad

    Rifaat al-Assad
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary personnel
    Biography

    Rifaat Ali al-Assad is the younger brother of the former President of Syria, Hafez Assad and Jamil Assad, and the uncle of the incumbent President Bashar al-Assad. He is alleged by some sources to be the commanding officer responsible for the Hama massacre of 1982. Later declassified material back his claims that his brother Hafez al-Assad was responsible, as do a number of commentators. Despite accusations, Rifaat has always denied culpability. Rifaat lived in exile in France, until he returned to Syria from 36 years of exile in October 2021.

  11. Adunis

    Adunis
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    writertranslatorliterary criticpoetjournalist
    Biography

    Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis (Arabic: أدونيس Arabic pronunciation: [ʔadoːˈniːs]), is a Syrian poet, essayist and translator. He led a modernist revolution in the second half of the 20th century, "exerting a seismic influence" on Arabic poetry comparable to T.S. Eliot's in the anglophone world.

  12. Abdul Halim Khaddam

    Abdul Halim Khaddam
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1932-2020 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Abdul Halim Khaddam was a Syrian politician who was Vice President of Syria and "High Commissioner" to Lebanon from 1984 to 2005. He was long known as a loyalist of Hafez Assad until he resigned from his position and left the country in 2005 in protest against certain policies of Hafez's son and successor, Bashar Assad. He accumulated substantial wealth while in office: a Credit Suisse account, opened in 1994, was nearly 90 million Swiss francs in September 2003, per Suisse secrets.

  13. Mohamed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti

    Mohamed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1929-2013 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    writerphilosophertheologian
    Biography

    Mohammed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti was a notable Sunni Muslim scholar who was also known as "Shaykh of the Levant". He was killed on 21 March 2013, during the Syrian civil war, reportedly in a bomb explosion, though "many questions about the death" have been raised by videos of the scene.

  14. Dima Kandalaft

    Dima Kandalaft
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    actorsinger
    Biography

    Dima Kandalaft is a Syrian actress and singer.

  15. ʻAlī Ṭanṭāwī

    ʻAlī Ṭanṭāwī
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1909-1999 (aged 90)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    In 1933 graduated with Bachelor of Laws
    Occupations
    judgewriter
    Biography

    Ali Al-Tantawi was a Syrian Salafi jurist, writer, editor, broadcaster, teacher and judge considered one of the leading figures in Islamic preaching and Arab literature in the twentieth century.

  16. Abdelkader Bensalah

    Abdelkader Bensalah
    Born in
    Algeria Flag Algeria
    Years
    1941-2021 (aged 80)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    Studied jurisprudence
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Abdelkader Bensalah was an Algerian politician. He served as the President of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Algeria, between 2002 and 2019. After President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who had ruled the country for 20 years, resigned in April 2019, Bensalah served as the Acting Head of State of Algeria till Abdelmadjid Tebboune took office after winning the presidential election in December 2019.

  17. Rached Ghannouchi

    Rached Ghannouchi
    Born in
    Tunisia Flag Tunisia
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Rached Ghannouchi, also spelled Rachid al-Ghannouchi or Rached el-Ghannouchi, is a Tunisian politician and is a thinker, co-founder of the Ennahdha Party and serving as its intellectual leader. He was born Rashad Khriji (راشد الخريجي).

  18. Faisal al-Qassem

    Faisal al-Qassem
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Faisal Al-Qasim, also written as Faisal Al-Kasim in (Arabic: فيصل القاسم) is a British-Syrian television personality based in Qatar, who is known for hosting the controversial live debate show The Opposite Direction (Arabic: الاتجاه المعاكس) on Al Jazeera, where two guests with contradicting points of views debate on various topics but mostly topics related to politics of the Arab world. Fights break out on some occasions.

  19. Assef Shawkat

    Assef Shawkat
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1950-2012 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary personnel
    Biography

    Assef Shawkat was the deputy Minister of Defense of Syria from September 2011 until his death in July 2012. He was a brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, having married his older sister Bushra.

  20. Nureddin al-Atassi

    Nureddin al-Atassi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1929-1992 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Noureddin Mustafa Ali al-Atassi was President of Syria from February 1966 to November 1970.

  21. May Skaf

    May Skaf
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1969-2018 (aged 49)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    Studied French literature
    Occupations
    actor
    Biography

    May Skaf was a Syrian actress and activist. She began her career in 1991. Skaf acted in many series and movies such as Al-Ababeed in 1997, Maraya in 1998 and Omar in 2012. Skaf was known for her opposition to Syrian regime, she was labeled The rebellious artist, The Free artist and Revolution icon. She died in July 2018 in Dourdan, France from a heart attack.

  22. Zahran Alloush

    Zahran Alloush
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1970-2015 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Zahran Alloush was a Syrian Islamist leader active in the Syrian Civil War. He was the commander of Jaysh al-Islam (or Army of Islam), a major component of the Islamic Front, of which he was the military chief, and was described as one of the most powerful persons in rebel-held Syria. He was killed in an airstrike on 25 December 2015 and Essam al-Buwaydhani was named his successor as head of Jaysh al-Islam.

  23. Ghada al-Samman

    Ghada al-Samman
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    authorjournalistwriternovelistpoet
    Biography

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

  24. Rafik Schami

    Rafik Schami
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    writernovelistchildren's writer
    Biography

    Rafik Schami is a Syrian-German author, storyteller and critic.

  25. George Percy, Earl Percy

    George Percy, Earl Percy
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    Studied Arabic
    Occupations
    aristocratbusinessperson
    Biography

    George Dominic Percy, Earl Percy, is a British businessman and the heir apparent to the Dukedom of Northumberland.

  26. Imad Khamis

    Imad Khamis
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    Studied electrical engineering
    Occupations
    politicianengineer
    Biography

    Imad Mohammad Deeb Khamis is a Syrian politician who was Prime Minister of Syria from 2016 to 2020 under President Bashar al-Assad. Previously, he was Minister of Electricity from 2011 to 2016.

  27. Farouk al-Sharaa

    Farouk al-Sharaa
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Farouk al-Sharaa is a Syrian politician and diplomat. He is one of the most prominent officials in the Syrian government and served as foreign minister of Syria from 1984 until 2006 when he became Vice President of Syria.

  28. Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

    Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    Islamic juristpoet
    Biography

    Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi is a Syrian Islamic scholar and religious leader. He has opposed both Bashar al-Assad and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

  29. Bashar Jaafari

    Bashar Jaafari
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Bashar Jaafari, also Ja'afari, is the former Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

  30. Lena Chamamaan

    Lena Chamamaan
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Lena Chamamyan is a Syrian-Armenian singer-songwriter known for her soprano voice and unique style, which fuses jazz, Middle Eastern folk music and Western classical music.

  31. Riyad Farid Hijab

    Riyad Farid Hijab
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Riyad Farid Hijab is a Syrian politician. He was Prime Minister of Syria from June to August 2012, serving under President Bashar al-Assad. From 2011 to 2012, he was Minister of Agriculture.

  32. Wael Nader Al-Halqi

    Wael Nader Al-Halqi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    gynaecologistphysicianpolitician
    Biography

    Wael Nader Al-Halqi is a Syrian politician who was Prime Minister of Syria from 2012 to 2016. Previously he was Minister of Health from 2011 to 2012. He was appointed as Prime Minister on 9 August 2012.

  33. Omar Abu Risha

    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.

  34. Waciny Laredj

    Waciny Laredj
    Born in
    Algeria Flag Algeria
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Waciny Laredj is an Algerian novelist, short story writer and academic.

  35. Nazim al-Kudsi

    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 14 December 1961 to 8 March 1963.

  36. Ed Husain

    Ed Husain
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    autobiographer
    Biography

    Ed Husain is a British author. He is also an adjunct professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University. As a political advisor he has worked with leaders and governments across the world. He has held senior fellowships at think tanks in London and New York, including at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) at the height of the Arab uprisings (2010–2015). While at CFR, his policy innovation memo led to the US-led creation of a Geneva-based global fund to help counter terrorism. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a monthly peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on terrorism and insurgency.

  37. Moaz al-Khatib

    Moaz al-Khatib
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politicianengineer
    Biography

    Ahmad Moaz Al-Khatib Al-Hasani is a former president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. He is also a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

  38. Akram al-Hawrani

    Akram al-Hawrani
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1912-1996 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Akram Al-Hourani, was a Syrian politician who played a prominent role in the formation of a widespread populist, nationalist movement in Syria and in the rise of the Ba'ath Party. He was highly influential in Syrian politics from the beginning of the 1940s until his departure into exile in 1963. Al-Hourani held various positions including a government ministry and the joint vice-presidency of the United Arab Republic. He is the grandfather of Akram Al-Hourani (born 1983), a lecturer and researcher in wireless network engineering and signal processing at RMIT University in Australia.

  39. Hazza' al-Majali

    Hazza' al-Majali
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1919-1960 (aged 41)
    Occupations
    lawyereconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Hazza' Barakat al-Majali was a Jordanian politician that served as the two-time 11th Prime Minister of Jordan. His first term lasted one week in 1955, his second term lasted from mid-1959 until his assassination.

  40. Khalid al-Azm

    Khalid al-Azm
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1903-1965 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Khalid al-Azm was a Syrian national leader and five-time interim Prime Minister, as well as Acting President from 4 April to 16 September 1941. He was a member of one of the most prominent political families in Syria, al-Azm (also known as Alazem or Al Azem), and the son of an Ottoman minister of religious affairs.

  41. Ghassan Aboud

    Ghassan Aboud
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    traderjournalist
    Biography

    Muhammed Ghassan Aboud is a Dubai based Syrian entrepreneur, philanthropist and a founding member of the Syrian Business Council. He is mainly known as the founder of Ghassan Aboud Group, the UAE headquartered conglomerate. In 2018, Ghassan Aboud was named in the list of Top 50 Most Influential Expats in the UAE by Forbes Middle East. in 2019, purchased the Byron @ Byron Resort from Gerry Harvey for approximately $42M AUD.

  42. George Sabra

    George Sabra
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    George Sabra is a member of the Syrian Democratic People's Party. He was elected president of the Syrian National Council, the main opposition group in Syria, on 9 November 2012 and later was acting president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces from 22 April – 6 July 2013. He resigned from the National Coalition on 25 April 2018. Sabra is a Christian.

  43. Burhan Ghalioun

    Burhan Ghalioun
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    sociologistuniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Burhan Ghalioun is a French-Syrian professor of sociology at the Université de Paris III Sorbonne University in Paris, and the first chairman of the Syrian opposition Transitional National Council (SNC). He was named chairman on 29 August 2011. His chairmanship was criticized for his perceived closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood, his early reluctance to arm opposition forces, and what opponents called the autocratic nature of his leadership. On 17 May 2012, feeling he had become an increasingly divisive figure for the council, Ghalioun resigned.

  44. Ali Farzat

    Ali Farzat
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    businesspersoncaricaturistjournalist
    Biography

    Ali Farzat or Ali Ferzat is a Syrian political cartoonist. He has published more than 15,000 caricatures in Syrian, Arab and international newspapers. He serves as the head of the Arab Cartoonists Association. In 2011, he received Sakharov Prize for peace. Farzat was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012.

  45. Colette Khoury

    Colette Khoury
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    novelistpoetwriterpolitician
    Biography

    Colette Khoury is a Syrian novelist and poet, born in 1931, who is also the granddaughter of former Syrian Prime Minister Faris al-Khoury. Khoury graduated from Damascus University with a bachelor's degree in French literature and she received a diploma from the school of literature in Beirut. Khoury's notability stirs from her work in politics and literature. Her work as a writer focuses on love and erotica, a subject that was previously taboo in Syrian culture.

  46. Abdullah al-Ahmar

    Abdullah al-Ahmar
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1936-.. (age 86)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Abdullah Al-Ahmar is a Syrian politician and prominent member of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party.

  47. Hassan al-Nouri

    Hassan al-Nouri
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hassan al-Nouri is a Syrian politician who was a candidate for the Syrian presidential election in June 2014.

  48. Abdelsalam al-Majali

    Abdelsalam al-Majali
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1925-.. (age 97)
    Occupations
    physicianpolitician
    Biography

    Abdelsalam al-Majali is a Jordanian physician and politician who served twice as the 29th Prime Minister of Jordan.

  49. Suheir Atassi

    Suheir Atassi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    lawyerdissidentpolitician
    Biography

    Suheir al-Atassi is the leading female secular activist in the Syrian opposition, and co-vice-president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces between November 2012 and December 2013. She has been called the "Lady of the Revolution" and is widely respected in secular and intellectual circles within the Syrian opposition structure. She had previously run the media wing of the banned Jamal Atassi Forum, which was named after her father, a founding member of the Ba'ath Party who later left and founded the Democratic Arab Socialist Union.

  50. Giles Clarke

    Giles Clarke
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Charles Giles Clarke is an English businessman and cricket administrator, and former chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

  51. Faisal Mekdad

    Faisal Mekdad
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Faisal Mekdad is the Syrian Foreign Minister and former Permanent Envoy to the United Nations.

  52. Mudar Badran

    Mudar Badran
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mudar Mohammad Ayesh Badran is a Jordanian politician and government minister, and industrialist. He served as the 23rd Prime Minister of Jordan on three occasions from 1976 to 1979, then again from 1980 to 1984, and finally from 1989 to 1991

  53. Moussa al-Omar

    Moussa al-Omar
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    television presenterjournalist
    Biography

    Moussa al-Omar is a Syrian journalist and presenter.

  54. Yusuf Zuayyin

    Yusuf Zuayyin
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1931-2016 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    physicianpolitician
    Biography

    Yusuf Zuayyin was a Syrian politician. A member of the Ba'ath Party, he served as Prime Minister of Syria in 1965 and again from 1966 to 1968. He was born in Abu Kamal.

  55. Maram al-Masri

    Maram al-Masri
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    Maram al-Masri is a Syrian writer, living in Paris. She is considered "one of the most renowned and captivating feminine voices of her generation" in Arabic.

  56. Jawad Abu Hatab

    Jawad Abu Hatab
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    physicianpolitician
    Biography

    Jawad Abu Hatab is a Syrian politician. Since May 2016 he has served as Minister of Defence in the Syrian Interim Government. He also served as Prime Minister, resigning on 10 March 2019. Prior to his election as Prime Minister, he worked as a heart surgeon and served in various roles within the Syrian opposition.

  57. Abdul-Salam Al-Aajili

    Abdul-Salam Al-Aajili
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1918-2006 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politicianwriter
    Biography

    Abdul-Salam Ojeili, or Abd al-Salam Ujayli, was a Syrian novelist and politician.

  58. Mohammad Habash

    Mohammad Habash
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    writerIslamic scholarassociate professor
    Biography

    Mohammad Al-Habash or Mohamed Habash is a Syrian Islamic scholar, and writer. He is the principal figure of the Islamic revivalist movement in Syria, and the founder of the Studies Center for Civilization and Enlightenment Research.

  59. Bahjat Talhouni

    Bahjat Talhouni
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1913-1994 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    politicianjudge
    Biography

    Bahjat Talhouni was a Jordanian political figure. He served as the 14th Prime Minister of Jordan between 1960 and 1970 for six different terms.

  60. Fatima Jibrell

    Fatima Jibrell
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    environmentalisthumanitarianconservationist
    Biography

    Fatima Jibrell is a Somali-American environmental activist. She was the co-founder and executive director of the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization (now Adeso), co-founder of Sun Fire Cooking, and was instrumental in the creation of the Women's Coalition for Peace.

  61. Ali Haidar

    Ali Haidar
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    ophthalmologistpolitician
    Biography

    Ali Haidar is a Syrian politician who is the leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party – Intifada Wing, and since June 2011 the Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs.

  62. Sabri al-Asali

    Sabri al-Asali
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1903-1976 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Sabri al-Asali was a Syrian politician and a three-time prime minister of Syria. He also served as vice-president of the United Arab Republic in 1958.

  63. Riyad Naasan Agha

    Riyad Naasan Agha
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    screenwriterdiplomatMember of the People's Council of Syria
    Biography

    Riyad Nassan Agha is a former minister of culture of Syria. He served as Syria's ambassador to Oman and the United Arab Emirates. He holds a PhD. degree in philosophy from the University of Damascus.

  64. Mazen Darwish

    Mazen Darwish
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    human rights activistlawyer
    Biography

    Mazen Darwish is a Syrian lawyer and free speech advocate. He is the president of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. News organizations, including Reuters and the Associated Press, have described him as one of Syria's most prominent activists. He was imprisoned in Syria from 2012 until his release in August 2015.

  65. Sabah Qabbani

    Sabah Qabbani
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1928-2015 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Sabah Qabbani was appointed ambassador of Syria to the United States by President Hafez Al-Asad in 1974. The post had been vacant since 1967 when diplomatic relations between Syria and the United States were severed following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Prior to his posting in Washington, D.C. he was Syria’s envoy to Indonesia and Syria's consul in New York.

  66. Razan Ghazzawi

    Razan Ghazzawi
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    human rights activistjournalist
    Biography

    Razan Ghazzawi is a Syrian-American blogger, campaigner and activist and currently a PhD researcher at the University of Sussex. She has been highly involved in the events during the Syrian Civil War, and has been particularly outspoken on activists' arrests and the violations of human rights committed by the Bashar al-Assad government. She was called "iconic blogger and leading activist" by The Telegraph. Jillian York (who has been called "one of the leading scholars on Internet control and censorship") wrote that Ghazzawi was "one of heroes."

  67. Riad Ismat

    Riad Ismat
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1947-2020 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    critictheatre criticwriterprofessorliterary critic
    Biography

    Mohammad Riad Hussain Ismat was a Syrian writer, critic and theatre director. He served as Minister of Culture of Syria from 3 October 2010 to 23 June 2012.

  68. Jamal al-Atassi

    Jamal al-Atassi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1922-2000 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    writerpoliticianjournalist
    Biography

    Jamal Al-Atassi was a Syrian Arab nationalist, politician and author. He was one of the earliest ideologues of the nascent Syrian Ba'ath Party, which he joined soon after it was founded. He helped to lay out its constitution and was the man who came up with the party's motto, "One united Arab Nation with an eternal Message." He also served as chief editor of the party's daily newspaper, Al Baath.

  69. Hassan Hassan

    Hassan Hassan
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Hassan Hassan is an American author and journalist of Syrian origin. He co-wrote the 2015 New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror with Michael Weiss. His work on Islamist groups in the Middle East is widely acclaimed. He frequently appeared on flagship television programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, Amanpour and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, and has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and The Daily Beast, among others.

  70. Bashir al-Azma

    Bashir al-Azma
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1910-1992 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bashir al-Azma, was a Syrian doctor and politician. He served as Prime Minister of Syria from 16 April to 14 September 1962.

  71. Naser al-Hariri

    Naser al-Hariri
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Naser al-Hariri was a former member of the People's Council of Syria from Daraa. Along with fellow parliamentarian Khalil al-Rifaei, also from Daraa, he resigned from his seat in protest at the "continued killings of protesters during the 2011 protests in Syria".

  72. Said al-Ghazzi

    Said al-Ghazzi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1893-1967 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomat
    Biography

    Said Al-Ghazzi was a Syrian lawyer, politician and two time prime minister of Syria. He was born in Damascus.

  73. Salwa Al Neimi

    Salwa Al Neimi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    writerpoetjournalist
    Biography

    Salwa Al Neimi, also Salwa al-Nuʿaymī is a Syrian writer, poet and journalist living in France. Originally from Damascus, she is known for her outspoken views on topics which are taboo in the Muslim world, particularly female sexuality. In 2007 she published her debut novel, The Proof of the Honey, which was noted for its liberal treatment of female sexuality.

  74. Abdullatif Abdulhamid

    Abdullatif Abdulhamid
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    screenwriteractorfilm director
    Biography

    Abdellatif Abdelhamid is a Syrian film director. His films have earned numerous awards, beginning with the Damascus International Film Festival, the Carthage Film Festival, and Rabat International Film Festival.

  75. Ziad Abu Amr

    Ziad Abu Amr
    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Ziad Abu Amr is a Palestinian politician, author, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. He currently serves as the first deputy prime minister and is a member (independent) of the PLO Executive Committee. From 18 March 2007 to 17 June 2007, he was Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. On 6 June 2013, Ziad Abu-Amr was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority by President Mahmoud Abbas.

  76. Mahmoud Ahmad Marei

    Mahmoud Ahmad Marei
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mahmoud Ahmad Marei is a Syrian politician, lawyer, current head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and former secretary-general of the National Democratic Front, a small, opposition party.

  77. Imad Moustapha

    Imad Moustapha
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Imad Moustapha is the Syrian Ambassador to China and his country's former Ambassador to the United States.

  78. Ghassan Ibrahim

    Ghassan Ibrahim
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomistjournalist
    Biography

    Ghassan Ibrahim is the Editor in Chief of Global Arab Network and a Syrian journalist.

  79. Saad Jumaa

    Saad Jumaa
    Born in
    Jordan Flag Jordan
    Years
    1916-1979 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    writerdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Saad Mohammad Jumaa Alayoubi was a Jordanian politician, writer and poet who served as the 17th Prime Minister of Jordan in 1967.

  80. Orwa Nyrabia

    Orwa Nyrabia
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    actorfilm producerwriterfilm directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Orwa Nyrabia is an independent documentary film festival artistic director, producer, filmmaker, trainer, human rights defender and co-founder of DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival in Syria. Nyrabia is a resident of Berlin, Germany, since the end of 2013 In January 2018 Nyrabia became the director of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

  81. Ali Khalifa Al-Kuwari

    Ali Khalifa Al-Kuwari
    Born in
    Qatar Flag Qatar
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    economistjournalist
    Biography

    Ali Khalifa Al-Kuwari is a Qatari democracy activist, author and professor. He has occupied several positions in the oil sector. He is known for editing the book The People Want Reform in Qatar Too, which was subsequently banned in Qatar due to its critical views of government policies. He is one of the primary advocates for political reform in the country.

  82. Ibrahim Makhous

    Ibrahim Makhous
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1925-2013 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    physiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Ibrahim Makhūs or Ibrahim Makhous or Brahim Makhous and Arabic: إبراهيم ماخوس was a Syrian Syrian Baathist politician who sat on the Regional Command from 1966 to 1970. He served as foreign minister during Salah Jadid's rule.

  83. Amani Ballour

    Amani Ballour
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    physicianpediatrician
    Biography

    Amani Ballour is a Syrian-born pediatrician and an advocate of women's and children's rights. Her story is portrayed by the Oscar-nominated documentary The Cave, which tells of the struggles of running an underground hospital during the Syrian civil war.

  84. Sari Hanafi

    Sari Hanafi
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    sociologist
    Biography

    Sari Hanafi is currently a professor of sociology at the American University of Beirut and chair of the Islamic Studies program. He is the president of the International Sociological Association and also the editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology. In 2018, Hanafi founded "Athar", the Portal for Social impact of scientific research in/on the Arab world.

  85. Noura Ghazi

    Noura Ghazi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    human rights activistlawyer
    Biography

    Noura Ghazi, or Noura Ghazi Safadi ( نورة غازي صفدي ) (born September 30, 1981 in Damascus, Syria) is a Syrian human rights lawyer and activist. Her husband, the Syrian-Palestinian Bassel Khartabil (Arabic: باسل خرطبيل), or Bassel Safadi (Arabic: باسل صفدي) was an open-source software developer and one of Syria’s leading pro-free speech and democracy activists. He was arrested by the Syrian government in 2012 and executed in 2015.

  86. Mahdi Abdul Hadi

    Mahdi Abdul Hadi
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    political scientistjurist
    Biography

    Mahdi Abdul Hadi is a political scientist, historian, columnist, author, founder and member of various Palestinian, Arab and International institutions. He founded and heads the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs.

  87. Diana El Jeiroudi

    Diana El Jeiroudi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    documentary filmmakerfilm producerdirectorfilm director
    Biography

    Diana El Jeiroudi, (Arabic: ديانا الجيرودي; born 1977) is a Berlin-based, Syrian independent film director and producer. El Jeiroudi’s films as director were celebrated at many festivals, including the Venice Film Festival, IDFA, DokLeipzig, Visions du Réel, CPH:DOX… among others. Her producing credits include the Cannes Film Festival 2014 selection Silvered Water, the IDFA 2013 selection The Mulberry House, among others. She was the first Syrian to be a juror in Cannes Film Festival in 2014, when she was part of the first Documentary Film Award jury in the festival. Together with her partner Orwa Nyrabia, El Jeiroudi was also the first Syrian known to be invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017. El Jeiroudi was also a co-founder of DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival in Syria and DOX BOX e.V. non-profit association in Germany.

  88. Ibrahim Hamidi

    Ibrahim Hamidi
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Ibrahim Hamidi is a Syrian journalist, who heads the Damascus bureau of Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat, and contributes to several other international media outlets and think tanks. Previously, he served as head of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) office in Damascus, in addition to his work with al-Hayat, and as a senior writer for Forward Magazine in Damascus. Hamidi's work focuses on strategic issues in the Middle East, with special insight into Syria's internal and regional politics. He is also a Research Fellow and co-founder of the Syrian Studies Center at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Hamidi is also a co-founder of the Arab Investigative Journalism Program (ARIJ).

  89. Zakaria Ben Mustapha

    Zakaria Ben Mustapha
    Years
    1925-2019 (aged 94)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    In 1954 graduated with bachelor's degree
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Zakaria Ben Mustapha was a Tunisian politician. He served as the Minister of Culture from 1987 to 1988 and the Mayor of Tunis from 1980 until 1986.

  90. Noor Shaker

    Noor Shaker
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    university teacherentrepreneurcomputer scientistartificial intelligence researcher
    Biography

    Noor Shaker is a Syrian entrepreneur and computer scientist who co-founded the AI for drug discovery start-up Glamorous AI. Glamorous AI was acquired by the US-based company X-Chem in Nov 2021. Before Glamorous AI, Noor founded the drug discovery start-up GTN Ltd and served as CEO for more than two years. She stepped down as CEO in August 2019. The company entered liquidation in March 2020. In 2018, she received a CogX UK Rising Star Award from Prime Minister Theresa May for "AI technology that will transform drug discovery to treat chronic diseases".

  91. Rushdi al-Shawa

    Rushdi al-Shawa
    Born in
    Palestine Flag Palestine
    Years
    1889-1965 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rushdi Sa'id Shawwa Bey was the mayor of Gaza from 1939 to 1952. He was born in his father's house (former mayor Sa'id al-Shawa) in the al-Turukman section of the Shuja'iyya neighborhood. His mother, Hafiza Sha’ath from Beersheba, came from a major tribe in that area. Her brother, Tajuddin Sha'ath, was the head of the tribe and a former mayor of Beersheba.

  92. Rashad Barmada

    Rashad Barmada
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1913-1988 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rashad Barmada was a Syrian politician between the 1940s and early 1960s. Barmada served as a deputy prime minister, minister of defense for three terms, minister of interior for two terms, and minister of education for three terms, and was elected as a member (MP) of the Syrian Parliament for three terms (1947, 1954 and 1961) and was the former President of the Aleppo Lawyers Syndicate in 1949.

  93. Mohamed Ali Abdel Jalil

    Mohamed Ali Abdel Jalil
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    criticessayistresearchertranslator
    Biography

    Mohamed Ali Abdel Jalil, Syrian essayist, calligraph, critic, researcher and translator, French and Arabic-speaking, born in Damascus in 1973 in a peasant family from Damascus Suburb (Rif Dimashq Governorate) (village: Rankous). He studied at the Damascus University. He is a member of the Maaber Committee. He proposes the idea that the Qur'an is a text translated into Arabic from other dominant languages and cultures.

  94. Liwaa Yazji

    Liwaa Yazji
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Enrolled in Damascus University
    Studied English literature
    Occupations
    screenwriterdramaturgefilm producerpoetwriter
    Biography

    Liwaa Yazji, alternative spelling Liwaa Yazaji, is a Syrian filmmaker, playwright, TV screenwriter, dramaturge and poet. Her works, written in Arabic, have been translated into English and presented in the United Kingdom, the US and, in original Arabic versions, in Arab states.

  95. Adnan Hassan Mahmoud

    Adnan Hassan Mahmoud
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Adnan Hassan Mahmoud is the former minister of information of Syria.

  96. Abdel Razak al-Yehiyeh

    Abdel Razak al-Yehiyeh
    Years
    1929-2020 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary personnel
    Biography

    Abdel-Razak al-Yehiyeh or Abdul-Razzaq Al-Yahya born in Tantura, near Haifa, then in the British Mandate of Palestine, also known as Abu Anas, was a Palestinian politician who served as Interior Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

  97. Munir al-Rayyes

    Munir al-Rayyes
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1901-1992 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    writernewspaper editor
    Biography

    Munīr al-Rayyis was a prominent Syrian newspaper editor and writer.

  98. Omar al-Muqdad

    Omar al-Muqdad
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    film directorjournalist
    Biography

    Omar al-Muqdad is a Syrian journalist, who since 2012 lives in the United States.

  99. Hamid Bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie

    Hamid Bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie
    Born in
    Syria Flag Syria
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    politiciancleric
    Biography

    Hamid bin Ahmad Al Rifaie is a Saudi Arabian activist and thinker, president of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue (IIFD ), and co-president of the World Muslim Congress.