Abdul Rauf al-Kasm

Abdul Rauf al-Kasm (Arabic: عبد الرؤوف الكسم, romanizedʿAbd ar-Raʾūf al-Kasm) (born 1932) is a Syrian architect, academic and politician who served as prime minister of Syria during the 1980s.

Abdul Rauf al-Kasm
عبد الرؤوف الكسم
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Prime Minister of Syria
In office
9 January 1980 – 1 November 1987
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Preceded byMuhammad Ali al-Halabi
Succeeded byMahmoud Zuabi
Governor of Damascus
In office
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Preceded byFarouk al-Hamwi
Succeeded byMohamed Sioufi
Personal details
Born1932 (age 90–91)
Damascus, Syria
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Other political
National Progressive Front

Early lifeEdit

Kasm was born in Damascus in 1932.[1][2] Abdul Rauf was the second son of Muhammad Atallah al-Kasm [ar], a Damascene scholar and mufti from 1918 until his death in 1938.


Kasm was professor of architecture at Damascus University. He was a member of the Baath Party.[2] He served as Prime Minister of Syria from 9 January 1980 to 1 November 1987 under the presidency of Hafez Al-Asad.[1] Enjoying full support of president Assad, Kasm tried to end corruption by senior officers. However, his clash with then defense minister Mustafa Tlass led to his removal from office in 1987.[2] After leaving office, he served as a senior consultant for national security.


  1. ^ a b "Syria". World Statesmen. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Ray Hinnesbusch (2002). Syria: Revolution from Above. Routledge. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-415-28568-1.