Najah al-Attar

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Najah al-Attar
نجاح العطار
Vice President of Syria
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 March 2006
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Preceded byZuhair Masharqa
Minister of Culture
In office
1 December 1976 – 19 January 2000
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Preceded byPosition estabilished
Succeeded byMaha Qanout
Personal details
Born(1933-01-10) January 10, 1933 (age 79)
Damascus, Syria
NationalitySyrian
Political partyIndependent
ProfessionLinguist, writer
ReligionSunni Islam
 
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Najah al-Attar
نجاح العطار
Vice President of Syria
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 March 2006
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Preceded byZuhair Masharqa
Minister of Culture
In office
1 December 1976 – 19 January 2000
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Preceded byPosition estabilished
Succeeded byMaha Qanout
Personal details
Born(1933-01-10) January 10, 1933 (age 79)
Damascus, Syria
NationalitySyrian
Political partyIndependent
ProfessionLinguist, writer
ReligionSunni Islam

Najah Al-Attar (Arabic: نجاح العطار‎; born 10 January 1933) is the Vice President of Syria. She is the only woman to have held the post and has served since 2006.[1] Alongside Queen Rania of Jordan and the First Lady of Syria, Asma al-Assad, she is one of a small number of women to have held a prominent political role in the Middle East.

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Personal background

Najah Al-Attar was born on 10 January 1933 and raised in Damascus, as the daughter of a Sunni family. Her father was among the first Arab nationalist leaders who took part in the 1925-1927 Syrian revolt against the French Mandate of Syria.

Career

She studied at the University of Damascus, graduating in 1954, and obtained PhD in Arabic literature from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 1958. She also received a number of certificates then in international relations and in literary and art criticism. She is an accomplished translator and started teaching in high schools within Damascus after her return from Scotland, then worked in the Department of Translation of the Syrian Ministry of Culture. In 1976, she was appointed as Minister of Culture until 2000. She has a collection of novels, editorials and significant literature contributions.

Political alignment

Although she is vice-president and served as a long-term minister in Syria, a state largely controlled by the non-sectarian Ba'ath Party, her brother, Isam al-Attar is the leader of the Damascus faction of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and has lived in exile in Aachen, West Germany since the 1970s which saw a government persecution of various Islamist political movements.

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