Nadia al-Ghazzi

Nadia al-Ghazzi (Arabic: نادية الغزي, born in 1935) is a Syrian lawyer and writer. She is also a TV presenter and was one of the first women on Syrian Television.[1]

Nadia al-Ghazzi
Nadia al-Ghazzi


Early life and careerEdit

Al-Ghazzi was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1935.[1] Her father, Said al-Ghazzi, was of Turkish origin and served twice as the prime minister of Syria.[2] Her mother was Balkis Moraly. Al-Ghazzi attended Damascus University and earned a degree in National and International Law.

In 1960 Al-Ghazzi joined the founders of Syrian Television on its launch; she began editing and presenting her family program "Al-Bayt al-Said", and then a popular children’s show followed in 1973-1975. She also starred in two television dramas in 1982 and 2004. Between the 1975-79 she also hosted three family-oriented talk-shows on Damascus Radio.[1]

From 1979 Al-Ghazzi was a member and secretary of the Arabian Book Union and participated in committees to change the Syrian law, particularly for women's rights. She also began writing for several magazines, including "Tabibak" and "Al Maraa". By the early 1980s she began to publish several books and has collectively written twenty books.[1]

In 2008 she was a board member of the Damascus Friends Society and a member of the Higher Committee for the celebrations held in Damascus during its tenure as 2008 Arab Capital of Culture.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Nizar Bakdounes and has three daughters: Lama, Nada and Racha.[3]

She is related to the poet Huda Naamani.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Damascus History Foundation. "Nadia alGhazzi". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cooke, Miriam (2007), Dissident Syria: making oppositional arts official, Duke University Press, p. 40, ISBN 0822340356, One day, she [Houda Naamani] invited me along with a group of women from the "old bourgeoisie." Over tea and fruit they talked about the good old days, their Turkish grandparents, and the lost world of courtly etiquette… She would like to introduce me to her cousin… Nadia al-Ghazzi… She told me about her family: her father [Said al-Ghazzi], who had been prime minister during the presidency of Shukri al-Quwatli in the early days of Syria's independence, and her mother, who had danced with Ataturk when she was fourteen.
  3. ^ Arab Women Writers. "Nadia alGhazzi". Retrieved 1 January 2017.