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Pictures From The Syrian History

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Prince Faysal and Sir Edmond Allemby, commander of the British Army against the Ottoman Turks, in Damascus on October 1, 1918. The photos is taken at the gates of Victoria Hotel, the grandest hotel in Damascus, which was closed then destroyed under the French Mandate

Prime Minister Rida Pasha al-Rikabi, the first post-Ottoman Prime Minister of Syria. He served as Faysal\'s Prime Minister from 1918 to 1920, then went on to become the first prime minister of Jordan in 1921. He nominated himself for president in Syria in 1932 but lost the elections

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Rida al-Sulh, the Minister of Interior in the cabinet of Prime Minister Rida al-Rikabi (1918-1920). His son Riyad al-Sulh became Prime Minister of Lebanon in the 1940s

Sati al-Husari (1882-1968), the Minister of Education in the cabinet of Prime Minister Rida al-Rikabi (1918-1920). Husari introduced the modern concept of Arab nationalism into the Syrian curriculum, which is still in place until today, nearly 90 years later

Prince Faysal in full military uniform, attending the graduation of high school students at Maktab Anbar in Damascus in 1919

Mohammad Kurd Ali (1876-1952), founder and first president of the Arab Language Assemblage in 1919

Mohammad Kurd Ali with founders of the Arab Language Assemblage in 1919. Front row (left to right): Abd al-Qadir Mubarak, Saleem Anhouri, Sulayman al-Joukhadar, Mohammad Kurd Ali, Abd al-Qadir al-Mughrabi, Anees Sallum, unidentified. Back row (from left to right): Murshed Khater, Arif al-Nakadi, three unidentified men, Faris al-Khury, Asaad al-Hakim, Elias Qudsi, Issa Iskandar Maaluf

Hashim al-Atasi, president of the Syrian National Congress (modern parliament) that crowned Faysal as king of Syria on March 8, 1920. This is the earlies known photograph of Hashim al-Atasi, who became president of Syria in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s

The Police Academy in Damascus under Faysal in 1918-1920. Seated in the front row, fourth from left, is Hamdi al-Jallad, the Police Chief wearing Arab headgear, and next to him is Nicolas Shahine, the deputy Chief of Police

A hand-written letter from Rikabi to Faris al-Khury, the Minister of Finance, informing him of Faysal\'s decision to appoint him a member of the Shura Council on October 10, 1918, ten days after the Ottoman evacuation from Damascus

The Royal Palace in Damascus during the reign of King Faysal in 1918-1920

General Henri Gouraud, the French High Commissioner to Syria and Lebanon, who defeated Faysal at the Battle of Maysaloun in July 1920

General Yusuf al-Azma (1883-1920), the Minister of War and Chief-of-Staff under King Faysal in 1918-1920

General Yusuf al-Azma in military uniform as Minister of War in Syria. He was killed in battle, shortly after this photo was taken, at Maysaloun, on the Syrian-Beirut highway, while fighting the French Army, on July 24, 1920

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