Writers 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Joseph Merhi age 65 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 ...more

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Fereydoon Hoveyda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 82 (1924-2006) 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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Ighraa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Ighraa age 73 Ighraa is an actress.

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Rafik Schami is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Rafik Schami age 72 Rafik Schami is a German author, storyteller and critic.

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Ammar Al Beik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 46 Ammar Al Beik is a film director, cinematographer and film editor.

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Ghada al-Samman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 76 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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Faisal al-Qassem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 57 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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Abdellatif Abdelhamid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Abdellatif Abdelhamid age 64 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 ...more

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Ibraheem Ramadan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Ibraheem Ramadan age 37 Ibraheem Ramadan is a film director, cinematographer, film producer, film editor, screenwriter, film score composer and actor.

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Fritz Ofner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Fritz Ofner age 41 Fritz Ofner is a film director and a cinematographer.

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Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 58 (1292-1350) 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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Ikram Antaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 52 (1948-2000) 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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Ali Sheikh Khudr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 31 Ali Sheikh Khudr is a film director, producer, editor and cinematographer.

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Ibn Kathir is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Ibn Kathir Died at 72 (1301-1373) 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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George Tomeh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 96 George J. Tomeh is an author, diplomat, and spokesman of the Arab cause in the United States.

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Adnan al-Aroor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Adnan al-Aroor age 82 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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Wafa Sultan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 60 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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Moaz al-Khatib is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Moaz al-Khatib age 58 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) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Buhturi Died at 77 (820-897) 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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Nizar Qabbani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 75 (1923-1998) 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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Muhammad al-Maghut is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 72 (1934-2006) 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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Hanan Qassab Hassan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 66 Hanan Qassab Hassan is a prominent Syrian writer and academic.

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Omar Abu Risha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Omar Abu Risha Died at 80 (1910-1990) 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

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Zakaria Tamer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Zakaria Tamer age 87 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) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
age 52 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) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Syria

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Salim Barakat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Salim Barakat age 67 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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Abdul-Salam Ojeili is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 89 (1917-2006) Abdul-Salam Ojeili, or Abd al-Salam Ujayli, was a Syrian novelist and politician. Born in Ar-Raqqah. A lesson in Ar-Raqqah and Aleppo and Damascus University, in and out of doctors in 1945. ...more

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Ulfat Idilbi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Ulfat Idilbi Died at 95 (1912-2007) 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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Khaled al-Atassi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Died at 71 (1837-1908) 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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Haidar Haidar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Haidar Haidar Haidar Haidar is a Syrian writer and novelist. His novel Walimah li A'ashab al-Bahr was banned in several Arab countries, and even resulted in a belated angry reaction from the clerics of ...more

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Mamdouh Adwan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Mamdouh Adwan Mamdouh Adwan is a screenwriter and author.

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Halim Isber Barakat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Syria
Halim Isber Barakat age 82 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.