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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 ...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, Syria

Nationality: Iran

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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
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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 listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from 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 ...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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Faisal al-Qassem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from 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

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Birthplace: 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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