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Pictures From The Syrian History


Naziq al-Abid, the woman at the Battle of Maysaloun, on July 24, 1920

Naziq al-Abid, the pioneer woman activist in Syria, pictured in military uniform on the day of the Battle of Maysaloun on July 24, 1920. Abid had spearheaded the women’s rights movements under the Ottoman Empire, and lobbying with King Faysal in 1919-1920 to grant women the right to vote. When the French advanced on Damascus in July 1920, she volunteered for service in the Syrian Army and unveiled for combat, causing uproar in conservative districts of the Syrian capital. She tried but failed to save the life of General Yusuf al-Azma in battle, and in reward for her heroism King Faysal made her an honorary general in the Syrian Army

Subhi al-Omari, one of the officers in the Arab Army of Sharif Husayn in 1916-1918, who fought against the Ottoman Empire. He is pictured here in Arab uniform during the Arab Revolt. Omari was exiled after the French Mandate was imposed on Syria in 1920, and went on to become one of the founders of the Jordanian Army and Iraqi Army. He fought in the Battle of Maysaloun in 1920, and returned to Syria in 1943 and became Chief of Police under President Shukri al-Quwatli

Alaa al-Din Pasha al-Droubi, the last prime minister appointed by Faysal in July 1920, who allied himself with the French after the fall of Damascus and was killed for his alliance by allies of Faysal in August 1920

General Henri Gouraud inspecting the French Army that occupied Damascus on July 25, 1920

The French Army on the Syrian coast, proclaiming the French Mandate

General Henri Gouraud at his office in Damascus in 1920

General Henri Gouraud entering the Royal Palace of ex-King Faysal on July 25, 1920

The last official portrait of King Faysal I of Syria, who ruled from October 1, 1918 to July 24, 1920

Syrian coins during the era of King Faysal I (1918-1920)).

Ex-King Faysal of Syria in August 1920, pictured in Europe where he roamed for a throne after his expulsion from Syria in July 1920

Queen Hazima, wife of King Faysal I, the first and only queen in modern Syrian history

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