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al-Zawahiri (Arabic: الظواهري‎‎, aẓ-Ẓawāhirī) is an Arabic surname or nisbah derived from name of the town of Zawahir, Saudi Arabia.[1] The definite article "al-" is sometimes omitted. Alternate spellings include Dhawahiri, Dhawahri, and Zawahri.

List of people with the surname[edit]

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri (born 1951), Egyptian al-Qaeda leader
  • Hussein al-Zawahiri, Egyptian terror suspect captured and handed over to Egypt, younger brother of Ayman al-Zawahiri
  • Muhammad al-Zawahiri (born 1953), terror suspect living in Egypt, Ayman al-Zawahiri's younger brother
  • John Zawahri, the perpetrator of the 2013 Santa Monica shooting


  1. ^ Kepel, Gilles (2004). The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West. Translated by Pascale Ghazaleh. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. p. 78. ISBN 0674015754. His family name originated in the town of Zawahir, in Saudi Arabia, between Mecca and Medina.