The Syria of today offers tourists as much a cultural experience as a sightseeing one, where ancient history provides a fascinating backdrop to everyday life on the streets                          

 


Pictures From The History of Syria

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Members of al-Nahda al-Arabiyya (Arab Resurrection), one of the earliest opposition parties in Ottoman Syria, founded in 1906. Seated in front row (from left to right): Abd al-Fattah al-Jundi, Dr Hikmat al-Muradi, Rida Mardam Bey, Ahmad Kurd Ali, Mohammad Kurd Ali, Muhib al-Din al-Khatib, Lutfi al-Haffar, Zaki al-Khatib, Mohammad Jamal al-Haffar. Back row (standing from left to right): Kamal al-Hilbawi, Adib Mardam Bey, Suhbi al-Mulayhi, Dr Salah al-Din al-Qasmi, Rushdi al-Hakim, Uthman Mardam Bey, Mohammad al-Haffar, Jamal al-Quwatli, Mahmud Kurd Ali, Jamil Mardam Bey, Prince Fayez al-Shihabi.

Members of al-Fatat, the most popular opposition party in Ottoman Syria, founded in Paris in 1911. This group photo was taken in Dummar, a resort near Damascus. Front row (seated on floor from left to right): Tawfiq al-Hayyani, Prince Fayez al-Shihabi, Rafiq al-Tamimi, Awni Abd al-Hadi, Dr Ahmad Qadri, Muen al-Madi, Tawfiq al-Yazagi, Dr Said Talab. Middle row, standing from left to right: Wasfi al-Atasi, Ahmad Muraywed, Shukri al-Quwatli (future president of Syria), Bahjat al-Shihabi, Saleem al-Attar, Zaki al-Tamimi, Husni al-Barazi (future prime minister of Syria). Back row (from left to right): Adil al-Azma, Rushdi al-Husami, Riyad al-Sulh (future prime minister of Lebanon), Saadallah al-Jabiri (future prime minister of Syria), Afif al-Sulh, Izzat Darwaza.

A barber shop in old Damascus. This picture was taken in 1900.

King Faysal I of Syria with members of the royal family in Damascus on March 8, 1920.

Rushdi al-Shama, the deputy for Damascus in the Ottoman Parliament who was executed for his views on Arabism by Jamal Pasha, the Military Governor of Syria, on May 6, 1916.

Abd al-Hamid al-Zahrawi, an Arab nationalist from Homs, who served as a deputy in the Ottoman Empire and chaired the first Arab Congress in Paris in 1913, calling for reforms in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. He was executed by Jamal Pasha, the Military Governor of Syria, on May 6, 1916.

 

 
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