Faculty of al-Tajheez al-Ula in the 1930s

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Seated in the middle is celebrated Syrian mathematician Jawdat al-Hashemi. Seating next to him (fourth from right) is the Sorbonne-educated physics instructor and future Baath co-founder Salah al-Bitar. Second from right is history instructor Michel Aflaq. Fourth from left in the front row is the French-educated philosophy instructor Said al-Bahra.