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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Damascus and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Damascus, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Damascus include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Damascus alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Damascus are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Damascus.

Bashar al-Assad and Abdullah Yusuf Azzam are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Damascus?” and “Which celebrities are University of Damascus alumni?”

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Abdullah Yusuf Azzam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Abdullah Yusuf Azzam Author, Preacher, Philosopher Abdullah Yusuf Azzam a.k.a. Father of Global Jihad was a Palestinian Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian and founding member of al-Qaeda. Azzam preached both defensive jihad and offensive jihad ...more

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Muhammad Zaidan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Muhammad Zaidan Muhammad Zaidan also known as Abū 'Abbās or Muhammad ‘Abbās, was the founder and a leader of the Palestine Liberation Front Organization.

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Nizar Qabbani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Nizar Qabbani Publisher, Poet, Businessperson 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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Bashar al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Bashar al-Assad Politician, Physician Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the President of Syria, commander-in-chief of Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Ba'ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party's branch in Syria. He ...more

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Mahmoud Abbas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Mahmoud Abbas Politician, Lawyer Mahmoud Abbas, also known by the kunya Abu Mazen, is the President of the State of Palestine. He has been the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization since 11 November 2004 and has ...more

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Ed Husain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Ed Husain Author, Writer Ed Husain is a writer, adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and senior advisor at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Husain is the ...more

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Bassam Frangieh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Bassam Frangieh Professor, Writer Bassam Frangieh is a scholar of contemporary Arabic literature and culture. He is best known for his pedagogical innovations in the study of the Arabic language, as well as his translations of ...more

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Ghassan Kanafani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Ghassan Kanafani Activist, Editor, Journalist Ghassan Kanafani was a Palestinian writer and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He was assassinated by car bomb in Beirut by the Mossad.

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Muhammad Bassiri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Muhammad Bassiri Politician, Democracy activist Muhammad Sidi Brahim Sidi Embarek Basir was a Sahrawi nationalist leader, disappeared and presumedly executed by the Spanish Legion in June 1970.

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Rashid al-Ghannushi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Rashid al-Ghannushi Politician Rashid al-Ghannushi, also spelled Rachid al-Ghannouchi or Rached al-Ghannouchi, is a Tunisian politician, co-founder of the Ennahda Movement and serving as its "intellectual leader". ...more

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Najah al-Attar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Najah al-Attar Politician Najah Al-Attar is the Vice President of Syria. She is the only woman to have held the post and has served since 2006.

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Ziad Abu Amr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Ziad Abu Amr Politician Ziad Abu Amr is a Palestinian politician, author, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. From 18 March 2007 to 17 June 2007, he was Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National ...more

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Assef Shawkat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Assef Shawkat Assef Shawkat was the deputy Minister of Defense of Syria from September 2011 until his death in July 2012. He and three other top Syrian government officials were killed on 18 July 2012 in ...more

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Maher al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Maher al-Assad Politician Maher al-Assad is a Syrian general and commander of the Republican Guard and the army's elite Fourth Armored Division, which together with Syria's secret police form the core of the country's ...more

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Naseer Shahir Homoud is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
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Duraid Lahham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Duraid Lahham Comedian, Actor, Singer Duraid Lahham is a leading Syrian comedian and director born 1934 in Damascus, Syria. He is famous for acting the role of "Ghawwar" in a number of movies and series. His co-star ...more

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Colette Khoury is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Colette Khoury Colette Khoury was a Syrian novelist and poet, born in 1931, who was also the granddaughter of former Syrian Prime Minister Faris al-Khoury. Khoury graduated from Damascus University with a ...more

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Fayssal Abbas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Fayssal Abbas Dr. Faisal Abbas is the current Minister of Transport for Syria, serving since 2011.

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Mahmud Sulayman al-Maghribi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Mahmud Sulayman al-Maghribi Mahmood Suleiman Maghribi was Prime Minister of Libya from 8 September 1969 to 16 January 1970. He died 17 July 2009.

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Adel Safar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Adel Safar Agricultural engineer, Politician, Teacher Adel Safar is a Syrian politician and academic, who served as Prime Minister of Syria from 14 April 2011 to 23 June 2012. His government was dissolved by Bashar al-Assad as a result of the ...more

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Mansour Fadlallah Azzam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Mansour Fadlallah Azzam Mansour Fadlallah Azzam is the Minister of Presidential Affairs of Syria.

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Adnan Slakho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
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Kawkab Sabah al-Daya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Kawkab Sabah al-Daya Kawkab Sabah al-Daya is the current Minister of State for Environment Affairs for Syria.

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Imad Khamis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Imad Khamis Imad Mohammad Deeb Khamis is the Syrian Minister of Electricity, serving since 2011.

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Hassan al-Sari is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Hassan al-Sari Poet Hassan al-Sari is a Syrian Minister of State, serving since 2011. Al-Sari was born in 1953 in Hama. He earned a degree in Arabic at the University of Damascus in 1979. He is a poet and a member ...more

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Mohammed Abdul Sattar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Mohammed Abdul Sattar Mohammed Abdul Sattar is the current Minister of Awqaf of Syria, serving since 2007.

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Nawzad Jaadan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Nawzad Jaadan Nawzad Jaadan نوزاد جعدان is a Syrian- Kurdish poet. He was born in Masikan Syrian in 1984 in a poor family as the fourth from five children, his father was Jaadan Jaadan writer and Arabic ...more

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Mohammad al Jililati is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Mohammad al Jililati Mohammad al Jillati is a Syrian economist and financial expert, who served as the minister of finance from April 2011 to 9 February 2013.

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Riad Ismat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Riad Ismat Mohammad Riad Hussain Ismat 'Riad' Ismat served as Minister of Culture between 3 Oct. 2010 – 23 June 2012. He is also a writer, critic and theatre director.

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Bouthaina Shaaban is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Bouthaina Shaaban Bouthaina Shaaban is a Syrian politician and is currently the political and media adviser to the President of Syria. Shaaban served as the first Minister of Expatriates for the Syrian Arab ...more

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Joseph Sweid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Joseph Sweid Lawyer Joseph Sweid has been Syrian Minister of State since 2011 and a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. He has served as the Minister of Expatriates. Sweid was born in Damascus in 1958. ...more

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Fahad Ensour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Fahad Ensour Fahad Abdul Karim Mofaddi Abu Al-Athem Ensour was Jordan's Secretary of State for Legal Affairs. He was born in Jordan in 1934. He obtained his law degree from the Syrian University/Damascus in ...more

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Adnan Hassan Mahmoud is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Adnan Hassan Mahmoud Adnan Hassan Mahmoud is the former minister of information of Syria.

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Tayseer Qala Awwad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Tayseer Qala Awwad Judge Tayseer Qala Awwad is one of the former ministers of justice of Syria.

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Yousef Suleiman al-Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Yousef Suleiman al-Ahmad Economist Yousef Suleiman al Ahmad is a Syrian economist and politician. He is the former minister of state.

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Rim Turkmani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Rim Turkmani Rim Turkmani is a Syrian-born astrophysicist at Imperial College London and Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow of the Royal Society. Turkmani gained her BSc in electrical engineering at the ...more

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Wael Nader Al-Halqi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Wael Nader Al-Halqi Politician, Physician Wael Nader Al-Halqi is the Prime Minister of Syria. He was appointed to the position on 9 August 2012 after serving as Minister of Health.

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Ghassan Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Ghassan Ibrahim Ghassan Ibrahim is the Editor in Chief of Global Arab Network and a Syrian journalist. He was born in Syria in 1977, and studied at Damascus University where he completed his BSc in Economics ...more

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Burhan Ghalioun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Burhan Ghalioun Burhan Ghalioun, is a French Syrian professor of sociology at the Université de Paris III Sorbonne University in Paris, and the first chairman of the Syrian opposition Transitional ...more

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Khalil Sweileh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Khalil Sweileh Khalil Sweileh is a Syrian journalist and novelist. He was born in Al-Hasakah District and studied literature at Damascus University. He has since worked for a number of cultural publications in ...more

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Fawwaz Haddad is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Damascus Alumni
Fawwaz Haddad Fawwaz Haddad is a Syrian novelist. He was born in Damascus and studied law at Damascus University. He held several jobs before taking up writing full-time. Haddad published his first novel ...more