|Ethnicity||Lebanese and Syrian origins|
|Current region||Jabal al-Druze|
|Place of origin||Syria|
|Notable members||Sultan al-Atrash
|Name origin and meaning||Atrash is Arabic for deaf.|
The name has the alternate spellings (with the prefix of al, al-, el or el-) of Atrache, Attrache, Attrasch Atrach, Attrach and Attrash, and is Arabic for "deaf". However, this is just a folk etymology, as the family name, like that of the other equally famous Druze family, the Jumblat, is Kurdish in origin. It finds its roots in the Artushi/Hartush tribe of Kurds that spread from the environs of Lake Van into northern Syria, albeit in its metathetic form.
In 1909, Zuqan al-Atrash led an unsuccessful rebellion, and was executed in 1910. The al-Atrash family led their fellow Druze in fight against the Ottomans once again during the Arab Revolt until 1918 and the French in 1923 and 1925–1927, headed by Sultan al-Atrash (son of Zuqan al-Atrash).Their influence started to wane after unification and independence of Syria, especially with the death of Sultan Pasha al-Atrash.
Some members of the Atrash family emigrated from Syria to Egypt in the 1920s. Fleeing the French occupation of Syria, 'Alia al-Mundhir al-Atrash, from the House of Sultan al-Atrash, and her three children, Fuad, Farid, and Amal al-Atrash (later known as Asmahan) were sponsored by Egypt's prime minister Saad Zaghloul and later became naturalized citizens. After successful musical careers, Asmahan, Fuad and Farid al-Atrash were buried at the Fustat Plain in Cairo.
- Sultan al-Atrash, leader of the Syrian Revolution.
- Zaid al-Atrash, fighter and poet. Brother of Sultan Pasha.
- Mansur al-Atrash, Syrian politician. Son of Sultan Pasha.
- Nayla al-Atrash, actress.
- Farid al-Atrash, singer and virtuoso oud player.
- Asmahan, singer.
- Salim al-Atrash, first governor of the State of Jabal al-Druze.
- Zuhur 2000, p. 39
- Newspaper Article by Abdel-Fadil Taha 2008-05-23 Al-Quds Al-Arabi, "وحصلت الأسرة علي الجنسية المصرية وظلت تنعم بها ومنهم اسمهان بالطبع"
- Classical Arabic Music Website.
- El Kadi, Galila and Alain Bonnamy (2007) Architecture for the dead. American University in Cairo Press. p. 96
- Zuhur 2000, p. 38