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Famous Writers from Syria

List of famous writers from Syria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Syria is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Syrian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Syria and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya and Haidar Haidar are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Syrian writers?" and "Which writers are from Syria?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Syria in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Syria, but they're all of Syria descent.


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    Mamdouh Adwan

    Mamdouh Adwan is a screenwriter and author. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Syria
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    Abdellatif Abdelhamid

    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. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Homs, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Abdul-Salam Ojeili, or Abd al-Salam Ujayli, was a Syrian novelist and politician. Born in Ar-Raqqah. A lesson in Ar-Raqqah and Aleppo and Damascus University, in and out of doctors in 1945. Elected deputy of Ar-Raqqah in 1947. Took a number of ministerial posts in the ministries of culture and foreign ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Syria
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    Adnan al-Aroor

    Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor is a Sunni cleric from Hama, Syria. al-Aroor appears regularly on TV stations in Saudi Arabia, including the widely watched satellite channel al-Safa, where he is known for his programs criticizing non-Salafi Islamic minorities fighting with the government. He became widely known ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Hama, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Ali Sheikh Khudr is a film director, producer, editor and cinematographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Syria
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    Ammar Abdulhamid is a Syrian-born author, human rights activist, dissident, co-founder and president of the Tharwa Foundation. Ammar was featured in the Arabic version of Newsweek Magazine as one of 43 people making a difference in the Arab world in May 2005. Abdulhamid is also featured in the Freedom ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Ammar Al Beik is a film director, cinematographer and film editor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Muhammed al-Maghout was a renowned Syrian writer and poet. He was born in the town of Salamiya of Hama Governorate in Syria to an Ismaili family. Muhammad Maghout was credited as the father of the Arabic free verse poetry, liberating the Arabic poems from the traditional form and revolutionizing the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Al-Salamiyah, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Buhturi

    Buhturi, Arabic, أبو الوليد بن عبيدالله البحتري التنوخي was an Arab poet born at Manbij in Syria, between Aleppo and the Euphrates. Like Abu Tammam, he was of the tribe of Tai. While still young, he went to visit Abu Tammam at Homs, and by him was commended to the authorities at Ma'arrat an-Nu'man, who ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Manbij, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Nizar Tawfiq Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet 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. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Dr. Faisal Al-Qassim, also written as Faisal Al-Kassim is an internationally renowned British-Syrian veteran and television personality based in Qatar, who is known for hosting the famous and controversial live debate show The Opposite Direction on Al Jazeera, where two guests with extremely opposed ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: As-Suwayda Governorate, Syria
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Syria
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    Omar Abu Risha

    Omar Abu-Riche was an influential Syrian poet known for his pioneering works. Abu-Riche was born in Manbij, near Aleppo. He received his educational upbringing in Syria and continued his tertiary studies at the University of Damascus. He also studied at the American University in Beirut in 1931, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Manbij, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Rafik Schami

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    Rafik Schami is a German author, storyteller and critic. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Germany, Syria
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    Fereydoon Hoveyda was an Iranian diplomat, writer and thinker. He was the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 until 1979. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Iran
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    Fritz Ofner

    Fritz Ofner is a film director and a cinematographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Friesach, Austria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Wafa Sultan is a medical doctor who trained as a psychiatrist in Syria, and a U.S. author and critic of Muslim society and Islam. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Baniyas, Syria
    • Nationality: United States of America, Syria
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    Zakaria Tamer

    Zakaria Tamer, also transliterated Zakariya Tamir, is an influential master of the Arabic-language short story. He is one of the most important and widely read and translated short story writers in the Arab world, as well as being the foremost author of children’s stories in Arabic. He also writes ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    George J. Tomeh is an author, diplomat, and spokesman of the Arab cause in the United States. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Ghada 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 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
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    Haidar Haidar

    Haidar Haidar is a Syrian writer and novelist. His novel Walimah li A'ashab al-Bahr was banned in several Arab countries, and even resulted in a belated angry reaction from the clerics of Al-Azhar University upon reprinting in Egypt in the year 2000. The clerics issued a Fatwa banning the novel, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Syria
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