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Famous Authors from Afghanistan

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List of the most popular authors from Afghanistan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Afghan authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Afghan writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List features authors like Nadia Anjuman, Raziq Faani.

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Rahman Baba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1650-01-01

Nationality: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Abdur Rahmān Mohmand (1632–1706) (Pashto: عبدالرحمان بابا‎), or Rahmān Bābā (Pashto: رحمان بابا‎), was a renowned Pashtun Sufi Dervish and poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire (modern-day ...more
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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Ru... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan
Masnavi, Unseen rain, The Ruins of the Heart

Birthplace: Vakhsh, Tajikistan

Birthdate: 1207-09-30

Nationality: Tajikistan

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, "our master"), ...more
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Ali-Shir Nava'i is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan
Muḥākamat al-lughatain, Muhakamat al-Lughatayn, Mahbub ul-Qulub

Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1441-02-09

Nationality: Afghanistan

Mīr 'Alisher Navaiy (9 February 1441 – 3 January 1501), also known as Nizām-al-Din ʿAlisher Herawī (Chagatai-Turkic/Persian: نظام‌الدین علی‌شیر نوایی‎) was a Chagatai Turkic poet, writer, ...more
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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan
The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Cometas En El Cielo / The Kite Runner

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1965-03-04

Nationality: Afghanistan, United States of America

Khaled Hosseini (Persian: خالد حسینی‎ [ˈxɒled hoˈsejni]; ; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a ...more

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Atiq Rahimi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan
Earth and Ashes, The Patience Stone, Der Krieg und die Liebe

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1962-02-26

Nationality: Afghanistan, France

Atiq Rahimi (Persian: عتیق رحیمی‎) (born 26 February 1962 in Kabul) is a French-Afghan writer and filmmaker.
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Mahmud Tarzi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Ghazni, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1865-08-23

Nationality: Afghanistan

Sardar Mahmud Beg Tarzi (Pashto: محمود طرزۍ‎, Dari: محمود بیگ طرزی; August 23, 1865 – November 22, 1933) was a politician and one of Afghanistan's greatest intellectuals. He is known as the ...more
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Nadia Anjuman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1980-12-27

Nationality: Afghanistan

Nadia Anjuman (Persian: نادیا انجمن‎; December 27, 1980 – November 4, 2005) was a poet from Afghanistan.
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Jalil Zaland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1935-01-01

Nationality: Afghanistan

Ustad Jalil Zaland (Pashto: جلیل ځلاند‎, Persian: جلیل زلاند‎) (also spelled as Jalil Zoland and Ustad Zoland; Persian: استاد زولاند‎ or استاد زلاند) is a veteran singer of Afghanistan's golden ...more
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Raziq Faani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1943-01-01

Nationality: Afghanistan

Raziq Faani (Persian: رازق فانی‎) was a renowned Afghan poet and novelist from the city Kabul. He published more than ten volumes of poetry and novels in Persian.
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Abdul Hamid Bahij is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Jaghatu District

Birthdate: 1979-03-06

Nationality: Afghanistan

Dr. Abdul Hamid Bahij, is an Afghan medical doctor, writer, translator and dictionary writer.
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Sulaiman Layeq is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Paktika Province, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1930-10-12

Nationality: Afghanistan

Sulaiman Layeq (Pashto: سليمان لايق‎, sometimes also Romanised as Laeq or Laiq) (born 12 October 1930) is an Afghan politician, ideologue and poet.
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Parween Pazhwak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1967-01-01

Nationality: Afghanistan

Parween Pazhwak (born in 1967 in Kabul) is an Afghan artist from Afghanistan and a modern poet and writer of the Persian language.Parween was born to the Pazhwak literary and political family, ...more
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Wasef Bakhtari is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Balkh Province, Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1942-01-01

Nationality: Afghanistan

Wasef Bakhtari (Persian: استاد واصف باختری‎) (born 1942 in Balkh, Afghanistan) is an Afghan poet, literary figure and intellectual.
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Syed Askar Mousavi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan
The Hazaras of Afghanistan

Birthplace: Afghanistan

Birthdate: 1956-01-01

Nationality: Afghanistan

Sayed Askar Mousavi (Dari: سید عسکر موسوی‎) is an ethnic Hazara writer and novelist from Afghanistan. He is the author of The Hazaras of Afghanistan published on January 29, 2009 by Cambridge ...more
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Zalmai Araa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Nationality: Afghanistan

Zalmai Araa (Dari: زلمی آرا‎) (also spelled as Zalmay Araa) is an Afghan singer and comedian.
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Abdul Hamid Baba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Afghanistan

Nationality: Afghanistan

Abdul Hameed masho gagar (Pashto: عبدالحميد ماشوخېل‎ - also known as Abdul Hamid Baba), was a Pashtun poet and Sufi figure.