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Famous Writers from Syria

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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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    Joseph Merhi

    Joseph Toufik Merhi, is an independent film director and producer. In 1986, Mehri founded the production company City Lights with producer Ronald L. Gilchrist for his first movie Hollywood in Trouble. Around 1989 after splitting from producer Ronald Gilchrist's City Lights Mehri started PM Entertainment ...more

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    • Birthplace: Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Oranges, Intent to Kill, The Killer's Edge
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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

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Arab world, Syria
    • Nationality: Iran, Syria
    • Works: India: Matri Bhumi, Les nuits féodales, L' aérogare, The fall of the Shah, Les miroirs du Mollah, + more
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    Ighraa

    Ighraa is an actress.more

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: I Die Twice and Love You, Al Sahafeya Al Hasnaa, Dancer on the Wounds, Banat Al Karate, Ariyat Bela Khatee'a
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    Rafik Schami

    Rafik Schami is a German author, storyteller and critic.more

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Germany, Syria
    • Works: Damascus Nights, Der fliegende Baum, Une poignée d'étoiles, Die Farbe der Worte, Eine Hand voller Sterne, + more
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    Ammar Al Beik is a film director, cinematographer and film editor.more

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Swings, The Sun's Incubator
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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

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Beirut '75, Zamn AL Hob Al Akhr, Sofart Inzar Dakhel Raasy, I Declare Love Upon You, Al Sebahah Fi Bohirat Al Shytan, + more
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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

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    • Birthplace: As-Suwayda Governorate, Syria
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Syria
    • Works: Memorize and Shut-Up, The Missing Dialogue in Arab Culture, Politics and Literature
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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

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    • Birthplace: Homs, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Days of Boredom, The Night of the Jackal, The Lover
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    Ibraheem Ramadan

    Ibraheem Ramadan is a film director, cinematographer, film producer, film editor, screenwriter, film score composer and actor.more

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    • Birthplace: Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: The Good, The Bad And The Sadistic
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    Fritz Ofner

    Fritz Ofner is a film director and a cinematographer.more

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    • Birthplace: Friesach, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Works: Free Libya
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    Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya
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    Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr was an Arab Sunni Islamic jurist, commentator on the Qur'an and theologian. Although he is sometimes referred to as "the scholar of the heart", given his extensive works pertaining to human behavior and ethics, Ibn al-Qayyim's scholarship was focused on the sciences of Hadith and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Hauran
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: An abridgement of Ibn Al-Qayyim's Ar-ruh, Amazing Points of Benefit, Information for Those who Write on Behalf of the Lord of the Worlds, The Prophetic Medicine, Jala al-afham fi fadhl salati ala khayral anam, + more
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    Ikram Antaki was a Mexican writer. She was born in Damascus, Syria. Her mother loved Russian literature and her grandfather had been the last governor of Antioch. At the age of four, she entered a French language Franciscan school, where she remained until obtaining her baccalaureate. Later, she ...more

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    • Nationality: Mexico, Syria
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    Ali Sheikh Khudr is a film director, producer, editor and cinematographer.more

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    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: City of Emptiness
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    Ibn Kathir

    Ismail ibn Kathir was a highly influential Sunni scholar of the Shafi'i school during the Mamluk rule of Syria, an expert on tafsir and faqīh as well as a historian.more

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    • Birthplace: Bosra, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, The Signs Before the Day of Judgement, The Islamic View of Jesus, Al-Bidaya wa'l-Nihaya, Tafsir ibn Kathir, + more
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    George Tomeh
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    George J. Tomeh is an author, diplomat, and spokesman of the Arab cause in the United States.more

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Immigration or mobilization?, Israel and South Africa, Statement given by Ambassador G. Tomeh on 22 November, 1967, Legal status of Arab refugees
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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

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    • Birthplace: Hama, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Thalath Salawaat Mahgoora, AlTasha'om Anwa'aho wa Ahkamaho, Alwasseya Alshar'eyya, Adellat AlEsbaat Be'an Gadda Meekat, AlWakee AlMo'lem Bain AlMoalaga AlMortagela Wa AlTa'seel AlSaheh, + more
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    Wafa Sultan
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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

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    • Birthplace: Baniyas, Syria
    • Nationality: United States of America, Syria
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    Moaz al-Khatib

    Ahmad Mouath 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.more

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Ramadan...Hayat Ba'ad Dayaa, Ashr Noqat Tamnna Ikhtelal Al-Osra, Qol Haza Sabili, Al-Yahud Taht Al-Mijhar, La Hayat min Doon Akhlak, + more
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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

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    • Birthplace: Manbij, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: Abath Al-Waleed
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    Nizar Qabbani
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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

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    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Nationality: Syria
    • Works: A Match in My Hand, And Your Petty Paper Nations, Fifty Years of Praising Women, The Trilogy of the Children of the Stones, I Married You, + more
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