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List of famous people from Syria, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Syria, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Syria you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Syria, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Hafez al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 70 (1930-2000)
Hafez al-Assad was a Syrian statesman, politician and general who was President of Syria from 1971 to 2000, Prime Minister from 1970 to 1971, Regional Secretary of the Regional Command of the ...more

Adib Shishakli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 55 (1909-1964)
Adib Bin Hassan Al-Shishakli was a Syrian military leader and President of Syria.

Ali Ahmad Said is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ali Ahmad Said age 89
Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis, is a Syrian poet, essayist and translator. He has written more than twenty books and volumes of poetry in the Arabic language ...more

Muhammed Faris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 67
Muhammed Ahmed Faris is a Syrian military aviator. He was the first Syrian and the second Arab in space. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he was a pilot in the Syrian Air Force with the rank of a colonel. ...more

Sami al-Hinnawi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 52 (1898-1950)
Colonel Sami Hilmy al-Hinnawi was a Syrian politician and military man. He was born in Aleppo and had served in the Ottoman army before serving in the French-Syrian army during the French ...more

Pope Constantine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Syria
Pope Constantine was Pope from 25 March 708 to his death in 715. With the exception of Antipope Constantine, he was the only pope to take such a "quintessentially" Eastern name of an ...more

Ibn al-Nafis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 75 (1213-1288)
Ala-al-din abu Al-Hassan Ali ibn Abi-Hazm al-Qarshi al-Dimashqi, known as Ibn al-Nafis, was a physician who is mostly famous for being the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of the ...more

Edmund Keeley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 91
Edmund Leroy "Mike" Keeley is an author, translator, and Charles Barnwell Straut Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University. He is a prize-winning novelist and a noted ...more

Pope John V is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 1 (685-686)
Pope John V was Pope from consecration 23 July 685 to his death in 686. He was the first pope of the Byzantine Papacy allowed to be consecrated by the Byzantine Emperor without prior consent, ...more

Fawwaz T. Ulaby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Syria
Fawwaz T. Ulaby is Arthur Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and formerly the Founding Provost and Executive Vice ...more

Rafik Schami is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Syria
Rafik Schami age 72
Rafik Schami is a German author, storyteller and critic.

Ighraa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ighraa age 74
Ighraa is an actress.

Diana al-Hadid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 38
Diana Al-Hadid is a contemporary artist who creates sculptures, installations and drawings using various media. She was born, and lived in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981 and lives and works in Brooklyn, ...more

Kinan Azmeh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 42
Kinan Azmeh is a Syrian clarinet player.

Michel Aflaq is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Syria
Michel Aflaq Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)
Michel Aflaq was a Syrian philosopher, sociologist and Arab nationalist. His ideas played a significant role in the development of Ba'athism and its political movement; he is considered by ...more

Sulaf Fawakherji is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 41
Sulaf Fawakherji is a film actor.

Ahmad Saber Hamcho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 26
Ahmad Saber Hamcho is an Equestrian athlete. He represented Syria in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 53 (1882-1935)
Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam was a Syrian-born Palestinian Muslim preacher who was a leader in the fight against British, French, and Zionist ...more

Ziad Hamzeh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ziad Hamzeh age 60
Ziad H Hamzeh is a Syrian-American college professor and film-maker. Ziad has made Boston, Massachusetts his home after relocating from Los Angeles. He is of Druze origin. Ziad is the producer ...more

Iamblichus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Syria
Iamblichus Dec. at 80 (245-325)
Iamblichus, also known as Iamblichus Chalcidensis, or Iamblichus of Apamea, was a Syrian Neoplatonist philosopher who determined the direction taken by later Neoplatonic philosophy.

Ezra Attiya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ezra Attiya Dec. at 89 (1881-1970)
Ezra Attiya was one of the greatest teachers of Torah in the Sephardic Jewish world during the 20th century. He was rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem for 45 years, nurturing ...more

Tayseer Allouni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Syria
Tayseer Allouni age 64
Tayseer Allouni is a journalist from the Al Jazeera news channel. He was born in Deir ez-Zor in Syria in 1955 then in 1983 he moved to Spain, where he studied Economics, and has lived there ever ...more

Aref Dalila is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Syria
Aref Dalila age 77
Aref Dalila is a Syrian economist and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Damascus University. He is currently working as a Senior Economic Researcher at Orient Research Center in the ...more

Posidonius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 84 (134 BC-50 BC)
Posidonius "of Apameia" or "of Rhodes", was a Greek Stoic philosopher, politician, astronomer, geographer, historian and teacher native to Apamea, Syria. He was acclaimed as ...more

Ali Diab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Syria
age 36
Ali Diab is a Syrian professional association football player. He currently plays for Al-Wahda, which competes in the Syrian Premier League the top division in Iraq. He plays as a defender, ...more