Writers Famous Authors from Egypt

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List of the most popular authors from Egypt, 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 Egyptian 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 Egyptian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include Amr Diab, Youssef Ziedan and more.

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Ahmed Rami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Ahmed Ramy was an Egyptian poet, songwriter and translator. He is best known for writing lyrics for the Egyptian singers Umm Kalthoum and Mohammed Abdel Wahab. Rami was also a translator. His ...more

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Naguib Mahfouz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Palace Walk, The Beggar, Mirrors Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Tawfiq el-Hakim, to ...more

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Omar Sharif is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The eternal male, Play better bridge, Omar Sharif Talks Bridge Omar Sharif is an Egyptian actor. The assumed surname Sharif means "noble" in Arabic. His films include Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an ...more

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Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Speaking parts Atom Egoyan, OC is a Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan was ...more

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Julian Fellowes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Mary Poppins, The Curious Adventures of the Abandoned Toys, Gosford Park Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford DL, known professionally as Julian Fellowes, is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, as well as a ...more

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Taha Hussein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The Call of the Curlew, Au-delà du Nil, The stream of days Taha Hussein, was one of the most influential 20th century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for the The Egyptian Renaissance and the modernist movement in the Middle East and ...more

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
New concepts for development action in Africa, The United Nations and apartheid, Building Peace and Development 1994 Boutros Boutros-Ghali is an Egyptian politician and diplomat who was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1992 to December 1996. An academic and former Vice Foreign ...more

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam, Islamic Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism, Fiqh Az Zakat Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian, and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. He is best known for his programme, al-Sharīʿa wa al-Ḥayāh, broadcast on Al ...more

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Eric Hobsbawm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Industry and Empire, The Age of Extremes, The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, FRSL was a British Marxist historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism, and nationalism. His best-known works include his trilogy about what he ...more

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Nawal El Saadawi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Memoirs from the women's prison, The fall of the Imam, The hidden face of Eve Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian Muslim feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the ...more

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Mohamed Hassanein Heikal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Return of the Ayatollah, Illusions of triumph, Iran Mohamed Hassanein Heikal is an Egyptian journalist. For 17 years he was editor-in-chief of the Cairo newspaper Al-Ahram and has been a commentator on Arab affairs for more than 50 years.

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Zahi Hawass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The Archeaeology and Art of Ancient Egypt, HIDDEN TREASURES OF EGYPTIAN MUSEU, The Golden Age of Tutankhaman Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, an Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, ...more

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Amr Diab is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Amr Abd El-Basset Abd El-Azeez Diab is an Egyptian popstar and composer of Pop music. He has been awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist four times: 1996 for album ...more

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Salah Jahin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Azgal Sahafeya, Sodasyet Salah Jahin Al-Karikatorya, Al-Leila Al-Kebeera wa Khamas Masraheyat Mohammad Salah Eldin Bahgat Helmy, known as "Salah Jaheen" or "Salah Jahin" was a leading Egyptian poet, lyricist, playwright and cartoonist.

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Yusuf Sibai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Yusuf Sibai Searching For A Body, Twelve Women, In The Ruins Youssef El Sebai is a novelist and a screenwriter.

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Ahmed Zewail is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Age of Science, Voyage Through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize, Time's mysteries and miracles Ahmed Hassan Zewail is an Egyptian- American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry", he won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the ...more

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Tariq Ramadan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The Life of The Last Prophet, Entre l'Homme et son CoeurÂ, Reformismo Musulman Tariq Ramadan is a Swiss academic, intellectual, philosopher and writer. He is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University and also ...more

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Al-Suyuti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Al-Suyuti Nawader Alayek Fi Maarefat Alnaik, The Khalifas who took the right way, The Mutawakkili of as-Suyuti Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, whose full Arabic name is Abu al-Fadl 'Abd al-Rahman b. Abi Bakr b. Muhammad Jalal al-Din al-Khudayri al-Suyuti, also known as Ibn al-Kutub was an Egyptian religious ...more

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Tawfiq al-Hakim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The Tree Climber, Plays, Prefaces and Postscripts of Tawfiq Al-Hakim Tawfiq al-Hakim or Tawfik el-Hakim was a prominent Egyptian writer. He is one of the pioneers of the Arabic novel and drama. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, the son of an Egyptian wealthy ...more

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Mustafa Mahmud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Reading for the future, What is Islam?, Existence and nothingness Mustafa Kamal Mahmoud Husayn commonly known as Mustafa Mahmud was an Egyptian philosopher and a prolific author. Mustafa Mahmoud was born in Shibin el-Kom, Munufiyya province, Egypt. He was ...more

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Anwar Sadat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Thalāthūn shahr fī al-sijn, Wathāʼiq al-Sādāt, Geheimtagebuch der ägyptischen Revolution Muhammad Anwar El Sadat was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. Sadat was a senior member of the ...more

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Ahdaf Soueif is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Aisha, In the Eye of the Sun, The Map of Love Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator.

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Ahmed Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Ahmed Ahmed is an Egyptian-born American actor and comedian.

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Farouk El-Baz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The Geology of Egypt, The Moon as Viewed by Lunar Orbiter, The Arab World and Space Research: Where Do We Stand? Farouk El-Baz is an Egyptian American space scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the ...more

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Amr Khaled is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Amr Mohamed Helmi Khaled is an Egyptian Muslim activist and television preacher. The New York Times Magazine, in reference to Khaled's popularity in Arab countries, described him in its April ...more

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Gamal Abdel Nasser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The truth about the Palestine war, Towards Freedom, Egypt's Liberation: The Philosophy of the Revolution Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. He planned the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy, and was deputy prime minister in the new ...more

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Albert Cossery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Un complot de saltimbanques, La maison de la mort certaine, Une ambition dans le désert Albert Cossery was an Egyptian-born French writer. Although Cossery lived most of his life in Paris and only wrote in the French language, all of his novels were either set in his home country ...more

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Ibrahim Elfiky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Ibrahim Elfiky The power of thinking, Ten keys to ultimate success, A life without tension

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Youssef Ziedan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Youssef Ziedan Azazel, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, Catalogue of the Rashid and Damanhur Manuscript Collection Youssef Ziedan is an Egyptian scholar who specializes in Arabic and Islamic studies. He works as director of the Manuscript Center and Museum affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. He is a ...more

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Nikos Tsiforos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Youth Party Nikos Tsiforos was a Greek screenwriter and film director. He wrote 64 films between 1948 and 1970. He also directed 17 films between 1948 and 1961.

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Mohammed Saeed Raslan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Mohammed Saeed Raslan Da'aem Menhag Al Nobowa, Al Wade' Fee Al Hadeeth Wa Gohood Al Olama Fee Mowagahatoho, Afaat Al Elm Muḥammad Saʻīd Raslān is an Egyptian salafi sheikh based in Sobk el Ahad, Egypt. He was born in the village of Subk Al Ahad, Ashmun, Munofiaa which is about 45 minutes from Cairo. He received a ...more

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Muhammad Naguib is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Egypt's destiny, The Fate of Egypt Muhammad Naguib was the first President of Egypt, serving from the declaration of the Republic on 18 June 1953 to 14 November 1954. Along with Gamal Abdel Nasser, he was the primary leader of ...more

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Mustafa Hosni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Mustafa Hosni Al-Kanz Al-Mafqoud, Madrasatoo Al-Hoob, Khadaouk Fa Kalo Mustafa Hosni is an Islamic preacher and televangelist from Egypt.

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Mohamed A. El-Erian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
The economy of the Middle East and North Africa in 1997, Prospects for Arab monetary policy in the international financial system, When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, a multinational financial services company. He is the former CEO and co-Chief Investment Officer at PIMCO, a global investment firm and ...more

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Alaa Al Aswany is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Chicago, The Yacoubian Building Alaa Al-Aswany is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya.

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Ibrahim Eissa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Tarikh al Mustaqbal, Fi Wasf man Yumkin Tasmiyatuha al Habiba, Ashbah Wataniyyah Ibrahim Eissa is an Egyptian journalist, TV personality, and political apologist best known for co-founding the popular Egyptian weekly Al-Dustour. He is currently editor-in-chief of Al Tahrir, ...more

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Ronald Cohen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Ronald Cohen The Second Bounce of the Ball Sir Ronald Cohen is an Egyptian-born British businessman and political figure, known as "the father of British venture capital" and "the father of social investment".

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Mostafa Saadeq Al-Rafe'ie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Mostafa Saadeq Al-Rafe'ie Tareekh Adaab Al Arab, Wahy Al Kalam, Diwaan Al-Rafe'ie Mostafa Saadeq Al-Rafe'i.e. was an Egyptian poet of Lebanese origin, born in Egypt in 1 January 1880, and died in May 1937 in Tanta, Egypt. Mostafa Saadeq Al-Rafe'i.e. became deaf after ...more

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Jill Tweedie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
More from Martha, Internal Affairs, Jewels Jill Sheila Tweedie was an influential British feminist, writer and broadcaster. She was educated at the independent Croydon High School in Croydon, South London. She is mainly remembered for ...more

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Taher Elgamal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Cryptography and logarithms over finite fields Taher Elgamal is an Egyptian cryptographer. Elgamal is sometimes written as El Gamal or ElGamal, but Elgamal is now preferred. In 1985, Elgamal published a paper titled “A Public key ...more

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Ali Moustafa Mosharafa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
We and Science, Scientific Claims, Science and Life Dr. Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha was an Egyptian theoretical physicist. He was professor of applied mathematics in the Faculty of Science at Cairo University, and also served as its first dean. ...more

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Sayyid Qutb is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Islam and universal peace, In the shade of the Qurʼān, Mashāhid al-qiyāmah fī al-Qurʼān Sayyid Qutb was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966 he was convicted of plotting the ...more

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George Dimitri Sawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
George Dimitri Sawa Music performance practice in the early ʻAbbāsid era 132-320 A.H./750-932 A.D. George Dimitri Sawa is a Juno Award nominated musical artist

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Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti Alnazarat, The Poet, Majdolin Mustafa Lutfi el-Manfaluti was an Egyptian writer and poet who was born in the Upper Egyptian city of Manfalut to an Egyptian father and a Turkish mother. He memorized the Quran before the age ...more

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Amr Sobhy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Amr Sobhy The Lady in Scarlet, Diary of a Timeworn Lad, The First Marvel Amr Sobhy is an award winning Egyptian information activist, social entrepreneur, published author and poet. He is best known as co-creator of MorsiMeter; a digital initiative and online ...more

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Rifa'a al-Tahtawi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Rifa'a al-Tahtawi Egyptian patriotic lyrics, A thorough summary of the biography of Mohammed, Towards a simpler Arabic grammar Rifa'a al-Tahtawi was an Egyptian writer, teacher, translator, Egyptologist and renaissance intellectual. Tahtawi was among the first Egyptian scholars to write about Western cultures in an ...more

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Omar Taher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Omar Taher is an Egyptian journalist.

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Abd al-Hamid Kishk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Fi Rehab Al-Tafseer Abdal-Hamid Kishk was an Egyptian preacher, scholar of Islam, activist, and author. He was a graduate of the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo and was known for his humour, popular ...more

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Khalil Mutran is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Khalil Mutran, also known by the sobriquet Shā‘ir al-Quṭrayn was an Arabic poet and journalist.

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Paul Ghalioungui is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Egypt
Thyroid enlargement in Africa Paul Ghalioungui or Ghalioungi, MD, MRCP, Professor of Medicine and former Chairman of Internal Medicine department, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University. An Egyptian endocrinologist, ...more