List of Iraqis

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This list of Iraqis includes people who were born in Iraq and people who are of Iraqi ancestry, who are significantly notable for their life and/or work.

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جمهورية العراق
Republic of Iraq
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Archaeologists[edit]

  • Donny George Youkhanna
  • Taha Baqir
  • Zainab Bahrani (born 1962), an Iraqi professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at Columbia University
  • Hormuzd Rassam (1826 – 16 September 1910), native Assyrian Assyriologist, British diplomat and traveller who made a number of important discoveries, including the clay tablets that contained the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest literature.

Artists[edit]

Artists of Iraqi origin[edit]

  • Yitzhak Yamin, Israeli painter and sculptor. (Born in Iraq of Iraqi Jewish heritage).
  • Anish Kapoor, (born 12 March 1954) is an Indian sculptor. Born in Bombay to Hindu father and a Jewish mother whose family immigrated from Baghdad when she was a few months old.
  • Gerry Judah, (born 30 July 1951) is a British artist and designer. Judah's maternal and paternal grandparents came from Baghdad to settle in the already established Baghdadi Jewish community in India and Burma.

Architects[edit]

Fashion designers[edit]

Business people and entrepreneurs[edit]

Business people and entrepreneurs of Iraqi descent[edit]

  • Jack Dellal, (2 October 1923 – 28 October 2012) was a London-based property investor known as 'Black Jack' reportedly worth GBP £480 million in 2009.
  • Sassoon David Sassoon, (1832–1867) was an Indian-born English businessman, banker and philanthropist.
  • Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, 1st Baronet, KCB, CSI, (25 July 1818 – 24 October 1896) was a British Indian businessman and philanthropist. Sir Albert was born on 25 July 1818 in Baghdad.
  • Shai Agassi, Founder and Chairman of Better Place
  • Nemir A. Kirdar, is a Turkish descent Iraqi businessman and financier, he is the executive chairman & CEO of Investcorp, a private equity investment group operating out of New York, London and Bahrain. Kirdar currently lives in London. Kirdar was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, to a family prominent in the politics of the late Ottoman Empire and interwar Iraq.
  • Shlomo Eliahu, born 18 January 1936 in Baghdad, Iraq. He is an Israeli businessman, billionaire, and former politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1978 and 1981.
  • Zadik Bino, Israeli businessman of Iraqi Jewish descent.
  • Bahaa Hariri, businessman. Son of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Iraqi mother (Nidal Al-Bustani).
  • Samuel Hayek, Israeli millionaire real-estate tycoon of Iraqi Jewish descent.
  • Badr Jafar, business executive and entrepreneur based in the United Arab Emirates
  • Victor Nacif, businessman and current Vice President of Design Business Aspects for Nissan Design America. He is of Mexican, Lebanese and Iraqi ancestry.
  • Ghadir Razuki, British multi-millionaire of Iraqi parents. Founder of TNT Magazine Group, with magazine and media interests in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
  • Pnina Rosenblum, Israeli businesswoman, model and media personality, who has also been involved in politics.
  • Kevork Hovnanian (1923 – September 24, 2009), Iraqi-born Armenian-American businessman and home builder, founder of Hovnanian Enterprises in 1959. He remained the president and chief executive officer of Hovnanian Enterprises until his retirement in 1997
  • Charles Saatchi (born 9 June 1943 in Baghdad), co-founder of the PR agency called M&C Saatchi. He is also known as an art collector and owner of the Saatchi Gallery.
  • Michael Kadoorie, The Hon. Sir Michael David Kadoorie, GBS (born 1941, Hong Kong), business executive and philanthropist.
  • Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, 1st Baronet (25 July 1818 – 24 October 1896), British Indian philanthropist and merchant, born in Baghdad
  • David and Simon Reuben, joint Chief Executives of Reuben Brothers, well-known British businessmen and philanthropists.
  • David Sassoon, Indian merchant and banker; born at Bagdad Oct., 1792; died at Bombay Nov. 7, 1864. His father, a wealthy Mesopotamian merchant, for many years state treasurer to the Turkish governor of Baghdad
  • Majid Jafar, A businessman of Iraqi origin and the CEO of Crescent Petroleum.
  • Edward Isaac Ezra, (born 3 January 1882 in Shanghai; died 15 December 1921 in Shanghai. He was a wealthy Jewish businessman of a Baghdadi Jewish family.
  • Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie, (2 June 1899 in Hong Kong - 25 August 1993 in Hong Kong) was a famous industrialist, hotelier, and philanthropist. His family were originally Mizrahi Jews from Baghdad who later migrated to Bombay (Mumbai), India in the mid-eighteenth century.
  • Elly Kadoorie, Eleazer Silas Kadoorie, known as Sir Elly Kadoorie (1867 - August 2, 1944), was philanthropist and member of a wealthy family that had large business interests in the Far East.
  • Ellis Kadoorie, (1865–1922) was a Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist. He was a member of the wealthy Baghdadian Kadoorie family that had large business interests in the Far East.
  • Silas Aaron Hardoon, (1851 – 1931) was a wealthy businessman and well-known public figure in the city of Shanghai in the early 20th century.

Comedians[edit]

Educators[edit]

  • Abdul Jerri, Abdul Jabbar Hassoon Jerri (July 20, 1932) is an Iraqi American physicist and mathematician, most recognized for his contributions to information theory in general, in particular to the understanding of the Gibbs phenomenon.
  • Omar Fakhri, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 18, 1934. B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. FRCPath is a medical scientist who is best known for his research in several areas.
  • Adil E. Shamoo, (born in Baghdad, Iraq in August 1, 1941) is an Assyrian biochemist with an interest in biomedical ethics and foreign policy. He is a professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland.
  • Ali Al-Wardi, Born in Kadhimiya, Baghdad in 1913. He was an Iraqi Social Scientist specialized in the field of Social history. He earned his Masters degree in 1948 from The University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in 1950 from the same university.
  • Hirmis Aboona, educator and writer, (1940 – April 19, 2009) was an Assyrian historian who was known for his publications concerning the history of the Assyrians in northern Iraq.
  • Thomas L. Saaty, (born 1926, Mosul, Iraq) is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. He is the inventor, architect, and primary theoretician of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)
  • Emanuel Kamber, (is an Assyrian Physics professor at Western Michigan University and was the Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance. He was born in the small Assyrian village of Darbandikhan in Iraq.
  • Majid Khadduri, (September 27, 1909 – January 25, 2007) was an Iraqi–born founder of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Middle East Studies program. Internationally, he was recognized as a leading authority on a wide variety of Islamic subjects, modern history and the politics of the Middle East. He was the author of more than 35 books in English and Arabic and hundreds of articles.
  • Nadje Sadig Al-Ali, educator and writer
  • Shmuel Moreh, born in Baghdad, December 22, 1932) is professor emeritus in the Department for Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University and a recipient of the Israel Prize in Middle Eastern studies in 1999.
  • Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi
  • Azad Bonni, MD, PhD, Iraqi Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School.
  • Amal Al Khedairy, academic, lecturer and founder and director of the cultural centre "Al Beit Al Iraqi" ("The Iraqi House")
  • Alphonse Mingana, Assyrian theologian, historian, orientalist and former priest best known for collecting and preserving the Mingana Collection of ancient Middle Eastern manuscripts at Birmingham.
  • Hind Rassam Culhane, chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College, New York.
  • Karim Yassen, Iraqi Professor who discovered the enzyme that has been named Karilysin in his honor after six months research in a university in Poland.
  • Kanan Makiya, (born 1949) is an Iraqi academic. He is the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University.
  • Nada Shabout, Prof. of Art History, Lecturer
  • Avi Shlaim, historian and emeritus professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford

Engineers and scientists[edit]

Film actors and directors[edit]

Film actors and directors of Iraqi descent[edit]

Human rights activists[edit]

  • Naziha al-Dulaimi, (1923, Baghdad – 9 October 2007, Herdecke) was an early pioneer of the Iraqi feminist movement. She was a cofounder and first president of the Iraqi Women League 10-3-1952, the first woman minister in Iraq’s modern history, and the first woman cabinet minister in the Arab world.
  • Widad Akrawi, Danish writer, doctor, advocate for peace, human rights, justice and equality, co-founder of Defend International.
  • Zainab Salbi, (born 1969) is an Iraqi American author, women's rights activist, filmmaker, humanitarian and social entrepreneur who is founder and former CEO (1993-2011) of Washington-based Women for Women International.

Journalists[edit]

  • Safa Khulusi, 1917–1995) was an Iraqi historian, novelist, poet, journalist and broadcaster. He is known for mediating between Arabic- and English-language cultures, and for his scholarship of modern Iraqi literature.
  • Talal Al-Haj, is an award winning Iraqi Journalist. He is the current New York/United Nations Bureau Chief for the Al-Arabiya news network.
  • Fadhil Al Azzawi, writer, journalist and translator
  • Zuhair Al-Jezairy, journalist
  • Atwar Bahjat, journalist and reporter murdered in Iraq
  • Rauf Hassan, journalist and writer
  • Bilal Hussein, photojournalist
  • Salam Pax, blogger, translator and journalist
  • Taher Thabet, journalist
  • Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, unembedded Iraqi journalist

Journalists of Iraqi descent[edit]

  • Lorraine Ali, a reporter, editor and culture writer for many publications, including Newsweek. Ali was born to an Iraqi American father who immigrated from Baghdad to Los Angeles in the 1950s. Her mother is of French Canadian descent.
  • Leila Barclay, American journalist and storyteller
  • Nina Burleigh, is an American writer and journalist. Burleigh has written about her visits to Iraq, her mother's country of birth, both as a child and later in life as a journalist.
  • Dunja Hayali, German journalist and TV presenter[7][8]
  • Salam Karam, Swedish journalist, has reported for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and in the radio program Godmorgon, världen!.
  • Farah Nosh, photojournalist
  • Michelle Nouri, journalist and writer, her publications include "La ragazza di Baghdad" ("The girl in Baghdad").
  • Daniel Pearl (1963–2002), American journalist, kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan. (Born to an Iraqi Jewish mother).
  • Tim Judah, is a reporter for The Economist and author.
  • Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, is a London-based journalist, analyst on Arab affairs, and co-founder and chairman of Arab Media Watch, a media watchdog organization that monitors and responds to British media coverage of the Arab world. Nashashibi was born in Kuwait to a Palestinian-Jordanian-Lebanese Muslim father and an Iraqi-Syrian Christian mother.

Military figures[edit]

Modern military figures[edit]

  • Salah al-Din al-Sabbagh (1889–1945) Iraqi Army officer
  • Hagop Hagopian, one of the founders and the main leader of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA).
  • Toma Tomas, also known by his nom de guerre Abu Joseph, Assyrian politician and the leader of anti-government millitias (al-Ansar) in northern Iraq during the 1960s and 70s.

Military figures of Iraqi origin[edit]

  • J. F. R. Jacob (born 1923) is a retired Indian Army Lieutenant General. He is best known for the role he played in India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 and the Liberation of Bangladesh. He also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. He later served as the Governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab. His family were Baghdadi Jews originally from Iraq who settled in Kolkata in the middle of the 18th century.

Misc[edit]

  • Maria Theresa Asmar, known as Babylon's Princess in Europe, born in 1804 in Tel Keppe, Iraq, and died in France before the Franco-Prussian War, author of Memoirs of a Babylonian Princess, consisting of two volumes and 720 pages. This book was written in the early 19th century, describing her travels through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel and the harem system used in Turkey.[9]
  • Sandra Mary Algudady, Wife of John Ellis Bush, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's youngest son and his grandfather is Former US president George Bush Sr. Sandra is 30 years old and comes from a Jordanian father and an Iraqi mother and is the director of an charity called "Strathril" that is supporting marginalized youth in the Middle East and Europe. She previously worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and got a Master's degree in sociology from the University of McGill Canada.
  • Dan Halutz, Israeli air force general
  • Moshe Levi (1936 – January 8, 2008), 12th Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, the first Chief of Staff of Mizrahi (Iraqi) origin.
  • Zee M Kane (born 8 October 1982) to Iraqi father and English mother, Editor-in-Chief of the blog The Next Web, a Technorati Top 50 blog worldwide.
  • Moshe Barazani, (June 14, 1926 – April 21, 1947), was an Iraqi Kurdish Jew and a member of Lehi ("Freedom Fighters of Israel," aka the "Stern Gang").
  • Yitzhak Mordechai, Israeli general and later Minister of Defense and Minister of Transport.
  • Muayyed Nureddin, geologist
  • Ibn Rajab, scholar
  • Kaysar Ridha reality TV contestant.
  • Curtis Sliwa, American anti-crime activist, founder and CEO of the Guardian Angels, and radio talk show host and media personality.
  • Nadya Suleman, Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman (born Natalie Denise Suleman July 11, 1975), known as Octomom in the media, is an American woman who came to international attention when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. Suleman's father, Edward Doud Suleman, identified himself as a former Iraqi military man and said he would be returning to his native Iraq as a translator and driver in order to financially support his daughter and her fourteen children.
  • Julie Iny is an American activist and author of The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage, she is committed to ending oppression, racism, and antisemitism. She was born to an Ashkenazi mother and Mizrahi father, who originated from Basra, Iraq.

Models and Miss Iraq[edit]

  • Klodia Hanna, model and singer
  • Silva Sahagian, Miss Iraq 2006. She was born in 1985 in Iraq. She is an Iraqi Armenian who received the crown because the initial winner, Tamar Goregian, feared retribution from militants.
  • Anais Catala, Miss Iraq 2007. She was born in 1986 in France

Models and Beauty Pageant of Iraqi Decedent[edit]

  • Kristen Danyal, Miss Michigan USA 2012.
  • Somy Ali, former Bollywood actress and now model and journalist (Iraqi mother and Pakistani father)
  • Amy Fadhli, fitness model, actress and winner of the "Fitness America National Champion 1996" (Iraqi father and Czech mother)
  • Viola Haqi, Dutch-Iraqi model

Monarchs[edit]

Main article: List of Kings of Iraq

Musicians[edit]

Main article: Music of Iraq
Zakaria
Shatha Hassoun holds her Murex D'or award
  • Ilham al-Madfai, is an Iraqi guitarist, singer and composer. al-Madfai's synthesis of Western guitar stylings with traditional Iraqi music has made him a popular performer in his native country and throughout the Middle East.
  • Rida Al Abdullah, is an Iraqi singer. Born in 1966 in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Dali Hadad, born 5 February 1982 in Baghdad, is an Assyrian singer, producing work in both Assyrian Neo-Aramaic and Arabic.
  • Acrassicauda, Iraqi thrash metal band formed in 2001. Members are Faisal Talal, Tony Aziz, Firas Al-Lateef, Marwan Riyadh and James Al Ansari (assyrian)
  • Nazem Al-Ghazali, was one of the most popular singers in the history of Iraq and his songs are still heard by many in the Arab world.
  • Rahim AlHaj, is an Iraqi American oud musician and composer.
  • Dashni Murad, (born 1 January 1986 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq) is a Kurdish born Dutch pop singer and television presenter.
  • Basim al-karbalaie
  • Hussam Al-Rassam
  • Kathem Al Saher, one of the most successful Arab singers in the Arab world
  • Ashur Bet Sargis, Assyrian singer
  • Jamil Bachir
  • Munir Bashir
  • Zakaria Abdulla, is a Kurdish pop music star. He is one of most popular artists in Middle East. Zakaria was born in Hawler, Kurdistan region of Iraq.
  • Seta Hagopian, famous Iraqi Armenian singer.
  • Klodia Hanna, singer and model
  • Shatha Hassoun winner of Star Academy 4
  • Bashar Lulua, orchestra conductor
  • Rahma Mezher came 2nd in Najm Al Khaleej
  • Majid Al Muhandis, an Iraqi singer, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and after his birth moved to live in Kuwait, Jahra Province. He lived there until the Iraqi invasion into Kuwait, and studied Engineering, hence the title Majid "Al Muhandis (المهندس)," which means "The Engineer" in Arabic.
  • Ahmed Mukhtar
  • Beatrice Ohanessian (1927–2008), Iraqi pianist, notable for being Iraq's first concert pianist and first female composer.[10] (Born in Baghdad, of Armenian origin).
  • Salima Pasha (?-1974), well known Iraqi Jewish singer and dubbed as the most famous female singer since the early 1930s. She married fellow Iraqi singer and actor Nazem Al-Ghazali.
  • Hanna Petros (1896–1958), Iraqi Chaldean composer and scholar, wrote numerous books and treatises over oriental music, Iraqi Maqams and Syriac hymnody.
  • Janan Sawa, Iraqi Assyrian singer.
  • Linda George, Iraqi Assyrian singer.
  • Juliana Jendo, Iraqi Assyrian singer.
  • Naseer Shamma is a renowned Iraqi musician and oud player.
  • Nawfal Shamoun
  • Salman Shukur
  • Sahar Taha, singer and artist[11]
  • Unknown to No One, boyband
  • Haitham Yousif, popular Iraqi singer
  • Mansour Zalzal
  • Ziryab
  • Tara Jaff, an Iraqi Kurdish musician. She founded Zipang, a storytelling group which focuses on stories from ancient Mesopotamia.

Musicians of Iraqi descent[edit]

Laith Al-Deen in concert.
  • Elliott Yamin, Efraym Elliott Yamin (born July 20, 1978) is an American singer known for his hit single "Wait for You" and placing third on the fifth season of American Idol. Yamin was born in Los Angeles, California, to father Shaul Yamin, an Israeli Jew of Iraqi Jewish descent, and mother Claudette Goldberg Yamin, a Jewish American of Ashkenazi descent.
  • Stacey Solomon, (born 4 October 1989) is an English singer, television presenter and reality TV star. Solomon was born in Dagenham, East London, the daughter of Fiona (née Nash), a nurse, and David Solomon, a photographer. Her father is from a Jewish family that had immigrated to England from Iraq and Poland.
  • Omar Bashir (musician), (born in 1970), is an Iraqi Hungarian Musician. His father, Munir Bashir, was considered to be the supreme master of the Arab maqamat scale system
  • Robin Ghosh, (born 1939 in Baghdad, Iraq) is a Bangladeshi musician and music composer.
  • Brian Elias, (born 30 August 1948, Bombay, now Mumbai, India) is a British composer.
  • Hanan Alattar, American Soprano opera singer
  • Laith Alattar, Iraqi American musician
  • Laith Al-Deen, German pop musician
  • Farida Mohammad Ali, singer
  • Nora Foss al-Jabri, Norwegian child singer
  • Saleh and Daoud Al-Kuwaity
  • Inbar Bakal, Israeli singer/songwriter of mixed Iraqi and Yemeni descent.
  • Bruno Coulais, composer
  • Yair Dalal
  • Amir ElSaffar
  • Rami Fortis, Israeli rock singer (Iraqi/Italian ancestry)
  • Linda George, singer
  • Munir Bashir, musician
  • Juliana Jendo, singer
  • Klodia Hanna, singer
  • Ashur Bet Sargis, singer
  • Lowkey, British-Iraqi rapper
  • The Narcicyst, Iraqi-Canadian rapper
  • Aida Nadeem, Iraqi-Danish musician
  • Esma Redžepova, Romani Macedonian vocalist, songwriter, and humanitarian. Her grandfather was an Iraqi Jew.
  • Shlomo, human beatbox and member of UK-hip hop act, Foreign Beggars
  • TIMZ Iraqi-American rapper
  • Elliott Yamin
  • Daron Malakian (born July 18, 1975), Armenian-American singer-songwriter.
  • Roni Dalumi (born September 15, 1991), Israeli singer, won the final of Kochav Nolad 7 contest in August 2009
  • Darin or Darin Zanyar (born June 2, 1987 in Stockholm, Sweden) more commonly known as Darin, a Swedish, Kurdish pop singer and songwriter of Kurdish descent.
  • Loris Ohannes Chobanian (born April 17, 1933 to Armenian parents in Mosul, Iraq), accomplished Armenian-American composer of classical music.

Patriarchs[edit]

Physicians and surgeons[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Politicians of Iraqi descent[edit]

  • Maurice Saatchi, Baron Saatchi, (born 21 June 1946), is an Iraqi-British politician and founder of the advertising agencies Saatchi and Saatchi and M&C Saatchi.
  • Andrew Rohan, MP (born 1948 in Iraq), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Smithfield for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2011
  • Nadhim Zahawi, is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010.
  • Aryeh Bibi, (born 28 April 1943 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima between 2009 and 2013.
  • Anood Al-Samerai, British Southwark councillor for the Liberal Democrats. (Born to an Iraqi father and British mother).[12]
  • Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Israeli politician and former soldier, the first Iraqi Jew to lead the Israeli Labour party.
  • José Murat Casab, born to Iraqi immigrants), Mexican politician and a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party also former Governor of Oaxaca.
  • Ra'anan Cohen, former Israeli politician who served as a government minister during the early 2000s.
  • Ran Cohen, Israeli politician and Knesset member for Meretz-Yachad. (Born in Baghdad to Iraqi parents)
  • Saad Hariri, Lebanese Legislator (2005–), son of Rafik Hariri and an Iraqi mother.
  • Dalia Itzik, Israeli politician affiliated with the Kadima party.[13] She took office as the first female speaker of the Knesset on 4 May 2006.
  • David Saul Marshall, the leader of the Singapore Labour Front and became the first Chief Minister of Singapore in 1955, born into an Orthodox Jewish family of Iraqi ancestry in Singapore.
  • Eliyahu Navi, mayor of Beersheba, Israel, born in Basra.
  • Ebrahim Daoud Nonoo, former member of the National Assembly of Bahrain and currently the CEO of the Basma.
  • Houda Nonoo, politician and current Bahraini Ambassador to the United States, of Iraqi Jewish origin.
  • Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district, serving since 1993, a member of the Democratic Party, the only member of Congress of Assyrian descent.
  • Esabelle Dingizian, born in Baghdad in 1962, Swedish Green Party politician, member of the Riksdag since 2006.
  • Murad Artin, born 6 January 1960 in Iraq, a Swedish politician and Left Party member who worked in the Riksdag from 1998 to 2002
  • Les Gara, Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 23rd District since 2003.
  • Franso Hariri (1937 – February 18, 2001), Assyrian politician, high ranking and long-standing Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iraq member and head of the KDP block of Iraqi Kurdistan National Assembly.
  • Fawzi Hariri (1958 Arbil, Iraq), Iraq's Minister of Industry and Minerals, sworn in on May 20, 2006.
  • David Marshall (Singaporean politician), (12 March 1908 – 12 December 1995) was a politician and lawyer from Singapore who served as Singapore's first Chief Minister from 1955 to 1956. Born into an Orthodox Jewish family descended from Indian Baghdadi Jews in Singapore.

Religious figures[edit]

  • Rabban Bar Sauma,(c. 1220–1294) also known as Rabban Ṣawma or Rabban Çauma,(Chinese: 拉賓掃務瑪), was a "Nestorian" monk turned diplomat of the Church of the East faith.
  • Yahballaha III, (1245–November 13, 1317), known in earlier years as Rabban Marcos or Markos, was Patriarch of the Church of the East from 1281 to 1317. As a young man, he engaged in a remarkable journey, which began as an ascetic monk's pilgrimage from China to Jerusalem, led him to the Patriarch position in Baghdad, and brought him to recommend his former teacher and traveling companion, the monk Rabban Bar Sauma, to become the first Asian ambassador to Europe.
  • Mani, prophet and the founder of Manichaeism, a gnostic religion.
  • Abo of Tiflis, Patron Saint of Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Muhsin al-Hakim
  • Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr
  • Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil, Archbishop Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil was born in Bakhdida in November 18, 1938 – dies in Rome, Italy in December 3, 2012). He was the Syriac Catholic titular archbishop of Tagritum and the auxiliary bishop.
  • Basile Georges Casmoussa
  • Mordechai Eliyahu, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel
  • Yitzchak Kaduri, renowned Mizrahi Orthodox Haredi rabbi and kabbalist
  • Yitzhak Nissim (1896–1981), former Sephardic Chief rabbi of Israel
  • Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, and the former spiritual leader of the Shas political party in the Knesset (Israel's parliament).
  • Mar Dinkha IV, the current Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.
  • Andraos Abouna (March 23, 1943 – July 27, 2010), the Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Hirta and the auxiliary bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon.
  • Emmanuel III Delly, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans and Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church.
  • Paul II Cheikho, the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church from 1958–1989, born on November 19, 1906, in Alqosh
  • Raphael I Bidawid, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, 1989–2003, Syriac scholar.
  • Asenath Barzani (1590–1670), renowned Kurdish Jewish woman who lived in Mosul, Iraq, daughter of the illustrious Rabbi Samuel Barzani, studied Kabbalah.[14]
  • Anastas Al-Karmali, Anastas the Carmelite (b. 5 Aug 1866-d. 1947 Jan 7), Christian priest, most famed for his contributions to the field of Arabic linguistics.
  • Louis Cheikhô (b. 1859 d. 1927) thnic Assyrian Orientalist and Theologian, considered as a major contributor and pioneer of the rediscovery of the Eastern Rite Christian heritage.
  • Torkom Manoogian, the current Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem serving the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem as Archbishop under the authority of the Catholicos of Armenia and of all Armenians of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Sports personalities[edit]

Ammo Baba at a 1979 Military Cup game.


Sports personalities of Iraqi descent[edit]

Television and radio personalities[edit]

Sama Dizayee wearing the Kurdish outfit
  • Rosil Al Azawi, born January 11, 1987 in Sharjah, UAE is an Iraqi television presenter and model based in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Jasim Al-Azzawi, Iraqi host, who presents the show Inside Iraq on Al Jazeera English
  • Suhair al-Qaisi, born 1985 in Baghdad, Iraq is an Iraqi news anchor for the Al Arabiya television station
  • Laila Al Shaikhli, television presenter on Al Jazeera English
  • Anwar Al-Hamadani, television presenter
  • Rola Bahnam, s a Lebanese TV presenter of an Iraqi descent. She is mostly known for working in Future TV. She was a former member of the Lebanese girl band, The 4 Cats in 1998
  • Ali Jaafar (d. May 31, 2006), sports anchorman for Iraqi state television Al Iraqiya
  • Shaima Zubeir, television presenter
  • Sama Dizayee, (born 2 June 1988) is an Iraqi radio and television presenter

Television and radio personalities of Iraqi descent[edit]

  • Alan Yentob, (born 11 March 1947) is a British television executive and presenter. He has spent his entire career at the BBC. Alan Yentob was born into an Iraqi Jewish family in London.
  • Kenza Braiga, French TV reality show star of Iraqi origin.
  • Péri Cochin, television host (French of Lebanese/Iraqi ancestry)
  • Eli Yatzpan, Israeli television host and comedian

Writers and poets[edit]

Nazik Al-Malaika
Abd al-Wahhab Al-Bayati
Saadi Youssef
Sargon Boulus
Muhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri
Badr Shakir al-Sayyab
  • Nazik Al-Malaika, Born in Baghdad, Iraq (August 23, 1923 – D20 June 2007. She was an Iraqi female poet and is considered by many to be one of the most influential contemporary Iraqi female poets.
  • Abd al-Wahhab Al-Bayati, (December 19, 1926 – August 3, 1999) was an Iraqi poet. He was a pioneer in his field and defied conventional form of poetry that had been common for centuries.
  • Saadi Yousef, (born 1934 near Basra, Iraq) is an Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist.
  • Abd al-Wahhab Al-Bayati, (December 19, 1926 – August 3, 1999) was an Iraqi poet. He was a pioneer in his field and defied conventional form of poetry that had been common for centuries.
  • Ferhad Shakely, (born 1951) is a prominent Kurdish writer, poet and researcher. He is one of the founders of modern Kurdish poetry in the post-Goran period. He was born in 1951 in the province of Kirkuk in Iraq.
  • Muhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri, (26 July 1899 - 1 January 1997) was a famous Iraqi poet.
  • Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, (December 24, 1926 – 1964) is an Iraqi and Arab poet, born in Jekor, a town south of Basra in Iraq. was one of the greatest poets in Arabic literature, whose experiments helped to change the course of modern Arabic poetry.
  • Rabia Basri, Rābiʻa al-ʻAdawiyya al-Qaysiyya (Arabic: رابعة العدوية القيسية) or simply Rābiʿah al-Baṣrī (Arabic: رابعة البصري) (717–801 C.E.) was a female Muslim saint and Sufi mystic.
  • Enheduanna, was an Akkadian princess as well as High Priestess of the Moon god Nanna (Sin). Enheduanna composed 42 hymns addressed to temples across Sumer and Akkad including Eridu, Sippar and Esnunna
  • Amira Hess, is an Israeli poet and artist. She arrived to Israel in 1951 from Baghdad Iraq.
  • Haifa Zangana, (born 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi novelist, author, artist, and political activist, best known for writing Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London.
  • Daisy Al-Amir, is an Iraqi writer, poet and novelist. She is author of The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation has renowned her as one of the leading female writers of Iraq.She was born in Basra in 1935.
  • Sargon Boulus, (1944 – 2007) was an Iraqi-Assyrian poet and short story writer.
  • Shalash al-Iraqi, writer and blogger
  • Walid al-Kubaisi, writer
  • Thura Al Windawi, author
  • Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi, poet and philosopher
  • Inaam Kachachi, (born 1942) is an Iraqi journalist and author.
  • Al-Hariri of Basra, Iraqi poet, scholar of the Arabic language and high government official of the Seljuk Empire.[15]
  • Hafsa Bikri, poet
  • Ya'qub Bilbul, writer
  • Naeim Giladi, an Anti-Zionist, author of an autobiographical article and historical analysis titled The Jews of Iraq.[16] The article later formed the basis for his originally self-published book Ben-Gurion's Scandals: How the Haganah and the Mossad Eliminated Jews.
  • Jamal Jumá, poet and researcher
  • Betool Khedairi, author
  • Moshe Levy, author
  • Alia Mamdouh, author
  • Sami Michael, author
  • Dunya Mikhail, poet
  • Samir Naqqash, novelist, short-story writer, and playwright
  • Abu Nuwas (750–810), born in Ahvaz, of Arab and Persian descent, one of the greatest of classical Arabic and Persian poets.
  • David Rabeeya (born 1938), author and professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
  • Mahmoud Saeed, novelist
  • Rena Kirdar Sindi, author and party hostess (born in Baghdad).[17]
  • Reuven Snir, writer
  • Haifa Zangana, novelist, author and artist

Writers & poets of Iraqi descent[edit]

  • Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an eminent English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His father, Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861–1895), son of Sassoon David Sassoon, was a member of the wealthy Baghdadi Jewish Sassoon merchant family.
  • Sinan Antoon, (born 1967) (Arabic: سنان أنطون), is an Iraqi poet, novelist, scholar, and an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. He was featured in the 2003 documentary film About Baghdad, which he also co-directed.
  • Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen, Iraqi Australian poet
  • Suzanne Alaywan, poet and painting artist, born in Beirut to a Lebanese father and Iraqi mother[18]
  • Lorraine Ali, American reporter, editor, culture writer and music critic for Newsweek.
  • Khalid al-Maaly, German-Iraqi writer, poet and publisher
  • Alise Alousi, Iraqi-American poet[19]
  • Eli Amir, Israeli writer and activist.
  • Loolwa Khazzoom, is an Iraqi American Jewish writer who writes about Jewish multiculturalism and the cultural traditions.[20]
  • Alon Ben-Meir, professor, writer, the Middle East Project director at the World Policy Institute
  • Ari Ben-Menashe, Israeli author of Profits of War: Inside the Secret U.S.-Israeli Arms Network
  • Amira Hess, Israeli poet and artist
  • Julie Iny, author and activist
  • Armand Nassery, author and filmmaker.
  • Raed Jarrar, writer, architect and human rights activist
  • Alia Mamdouh, (born 1944 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi novelist, author and journalist living in exile in Paris, France. She won the 2004 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel The Loved Ones.
  • Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist, essayist and critic.
  • Achmed Khammas, German writer (Iraqi/German heritage)
  • Jack Marshall (author), poet and author
  • M.T. Mehdi 1928–1999), Iraqi-American writer and pro-Palestinian activist.
  • Sami Michael, Israeli author and the president of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
  • Abdul Rahman Munif (1933–2004), one of the most important Arabic novelists of the 20th century, born in Amman to an Iraqi mother and Saudi father.
  • Leilah Nadir, is an Iraqi-Canadian writer who grew up in England and Canada with an Iraqi father and an English mother.
  • Michelle Nouri, is an Italian journalist and author. She was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1973 to an Iraqi father and Czech mother.
  • Greg Patent, author, born in Hong Kong to a Russian father and Iraqi mother[21]
  • Zainab Salbi, writer, activist, co-founder and president of Women for Women International.
  • Rachel Shabi, author and contributing writer to The Guardian. Shabi was born to Iraqi Jewish parents.
  • Ella Habiba Shohat, is Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University.
  • Ronny Someck, Israeli poet
  • Rachel Wahba, writer
  • Abraham Yahuda (1877–1951), Jewish writer, teacher and linguist, born in Jerusalem to a Jewish family originally from Baghdad.
  • Samuel Shimon, Iraqi author and journalist, was born in Habbaniya in 1956. He is a co-founder of Banipal magazine. His autobiographical novel (An Iraqi in Paris), was published in Arabic in 2005, and a limited first edition in English translation was published the same year.
  • Shant Kenderian, notable as an Iraqi-born United States citizen who became an American prisoner-of-war after being forced to fight against the United States in the Persian Gulf War.

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