Zaki Alersuzi, the famous Syrian Arab thinker, was born in Latakia , 1900. Shortly after his birth , he moved with his family to Antakya in Iskenderun, where he finished his primary and secondary education in the city of Konya. Alersuzi continued his study in Beirut and then he joined the Sorbonne University in 1927 and obtained philosophy degree in 1930.
After that he returned to Syria to work as a teacher in an atmosphere of national enthusiasm which attracted young people around him. Then he joined the Nationalist Action Association , after that he became the leader of this association in Iskenderun.
In 1936 , he established " al-Orouba" newspaper and began calling for Arabism resurrection after the annexation of Liwa'a Iskenderun by Turks .
At that time he imprisoned because he lead a resistance movement struggling against the Turkey's aggression.
He founded the (Arabism club)" Nadi al-Orouba" in 1937, and then he established a library called" al-Ba'ath al- Arabi".
Alersuzi was Influenced greatly by a number of French and German thinkers such as: Bergson , Nietzsche, Descartes, Kan. He taught the pre-Islamic poetry , the history of the ancient Semitic nations , public proverbs and the Islamic thought. In his book entitled " Arabic Genius is in its Tongue", Alersuzi presented the idea of the national concept of the Arabs.
Alersuzi was distinguished by his vast culture and his critical temperament and individuality that attracted most of the Syrian Arab youths who have joined the founding generation of the Baath Party.
On the anniversary of his death, the Syrian Government has installed a statue of Zaki Alersuzi in the square behind the central bank . Also the Ministry of Culture has published all his works in six volumes from 1972 to 1976.
-Among his famous works are :
-Arabic Genius is in its tongue.
- Arabic Tongue.
- Voice of Arabism in Liwa'a Iskenderun.