Writers Famous Authors from Syria

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List of the most popular authors from Syria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Syrian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Syrian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of a variety of authors, including George Tomeh and Ibn Kathir.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Syria?" and "Who are the best Syrian authors?"

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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
The Crimson Field, Seyfo: Genocide, Denial and the Right of Recognition
Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist.
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Fereydoon Hoveyda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Les nuits féodales, Les miroirs du Mollah, Dans une terre étrange
Fereydoon Hoveyda was an Iranian diplomat, writer and thinker. He was the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 until 1979.
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Rafik Schami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Rafik Schami Damascus Nights, Eine Hand voller Sterne, Vom Zauber der Zunge. Reden gegen das Verstummen
Rafik Schami is a German author, storyteller and critic.
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Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
An abridgement of Ibn Al-Qayyim's Ar-ruh, Amazing Points of Benefit, The Prophetic Medicine
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 ...more
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Ghada al-Samman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Beirut '75, The Square Moon: Supernatural tales, I Declare Love Upon You
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. ...more
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Nizar Qabbani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
A Match in My Hand , And Your Petty Paper Nations, I Married You
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 ...more
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Halim Isber Barakat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Halim Isber Barakat Mujtamaʻ al-ʻArabī al-muʻāṣir, Lebanon in strife, Visions of social reality in the contemporary Arab novel
Halim Barakat is an Arab novelist and sociologist. He was born December 4, 1936 into a Greek-Orthodox Arab family in Kafroun, Syria, and raised in Beirut.
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Ibn Kathir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Ibn Kathir The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, The Signs Before the Day of Judgement, The Islamic View of Jesus
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.
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Adnan al-Aroor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Adnan al-Aroor Adellat AlEsbaat Be'an Gadda Meekat, AlTasha'om Anwa'aho wa Ahkamaho, Ahkaam AlKanoot
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 ...more
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Ikram Antaki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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 ...more
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Faisal al-Qassem is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
The Missing Dialogue in Arab Culture, Memorize and Shut-Up, Politics and Literature
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 ...more
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George Tomeh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Statement given by Ambassador G. Tomeh on 22 November, 1967, Immigration or mobilization?
George J. Tomeh is an author, diplomat, and spokesman of the Arab cause in the United States.
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Moaz al-Khatib is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Moaz al-Khatib La Hayat min Doon Akhlak, Al-Handasah Al-Bashareyah, Fi Darb Al-Zawaj
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.
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Buhturi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Buhturi Abath Al-Waleed
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 ...more
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Muhammad al-Maghut is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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 ...more
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Wafa Sultan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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.
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Sami Moubayed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian specialized in Pre- Baath Syria. In 2012–2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2006-2012 Moubayed served ...more
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Ulfat Idilbi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Ulfat Idilbi
Ulfat Idilbi was a Syrian novel writer. She wrote books that became best sellers in the Arabic-speaking world, such as "Dimashq ya Basimat el Huzn", which was translated into many ...more
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Hanan Qassab Hassan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Hanan Qassab Hassan is a prominent Syrian writer and academic.
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Zakaria Tamer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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 ...more
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Ammar Abdulhamid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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 ...more
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T. Hariri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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Salim Barakat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Salim Barakat
Salim Barakat is a Kurdish-Syrian novelist and poet. He was brought up in Qamishli in northern Syria and spent most of his youth there. In 1970 he moved to Damascus to study Arabic literature ...more
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Khaled al-Atassi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
Khaled Efendi al-Atassi al-Husseini was a famous Syrian religious authority, scholar and poet. Born in Homs to the famous Atassi family in 1837, he went through the traditional preparation for ...more
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Omar Abu Risha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Syria
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 ...more