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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.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Egypt?" and "Who are the best Egyptian authors?"

For further information on these historic Egyptian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Egyptian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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    Ahmed Ramy (Arabic: أحمد رامى‎) (August 9, 1892 - June 5, 1981) (also transliterated Ahmad Ramy) was an Egyptian poet, songwriter and translator. He is best known for writing lyrics for the Egyptian...  more
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    Palace Walk, The Beggar

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    Birthdate1911

    NationalityEgypt

    Series WrittenCairo Trilogy

    Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian Arabic: نجيب محفوظ‎, romanized: Nagīb Maḥfūẓ, IPA: [næˈɡiːb mɑħˈfuːzˤ]; December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for...  more
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    #589 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#688 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#67 of 106 The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

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    The eternal male, Play better bridge

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityFrance, Egypt

    Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʕomɑɾ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub [miˈʃel dɪˈmitɾi ʃælˈhuːb]; 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor of...  more
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    #141 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#83 of 219 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar (For Acting)#180 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

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    Speaking parts

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Birthdate1960-07-19

    NationalityCanada, Egypt

    Atom Egoyan, (; born July 19, 1960) is a Canadian stage and film director, writer, and producer. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica (1994), a film set primarily in and around the...  more
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    Mary Poppins, The Curious Adventures of the Abandoned Toys

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    Birthdate1949-08-17

    NationalityEgypt, England

    Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford (born 17 August 1949) is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, and a Conservative peer of the House of...  more
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    The Call of the Curlew, Au-delà du Nil

    BirthplaceMinya Governorate, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

    Birthdate1889

    NationalityEgypt

    Taha Hussein (November 15, 1889 – October 28, 1973; Egyptian Arabic: [ˈtˤɑːhɑ ħ(e)ˈseːn]) was one of the most influential 20th-century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for The...  more
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    New concepts for development action in Africa, The United Nations and apartheid

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    Birthdate1922

    NationalityEgypt

    Boutros Boutros-Ghali (; Coptic: Ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ Ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ-Ⲅⲁⲗⲓ, Arabic: بطرس بطرس غالي‎ Buṭrus Buṭrus Ghālī, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈbotɾos ˈɣæːli]; 14 November 1922 – 16 February 2016) was an Egyptian politician...  more
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    The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam, Islamic Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism

    BirthplaceKingdom of Egypt

    Birthdate1926-09-09

    NationalityEgypt

    Yusuf al-Qaradawi (Arabic: يوسف القرضاوي‎, romanized: Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī; or Yusuf al-Qardawi; born 9 September 1926) is an Egyptian Islamic theologian based in Doha, Qatar, and chairman of the...  more
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    Industry and Empire, The Age of Extremes

    BirthplaceAlexandria, North Africa, Egypt, Alexandria Governorate, Africa

    Birthdate1917

    NationalityEgypt

    Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm (; 9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) was a British historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. He is considered one of the world's best-known...  more
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    Memoirs from the women's prison, The fall of the Imam

    BirthplaceEgypt

    Birthdate1931-10-27

    NationalityEgypt

    Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوي‎, born 27 October 1931) is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam,...  more
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    Return of the Ayatollah, Illusions of triumph

    BirthplaceQalyubia Governorate, Egypt

    Birthdate1923-09-23

    NationalityEgypt

    Mohamed Hassanein Heikal (Arabic: محمد حسنين هيكل‎‎; 23 September 1923 – 17 February 2016) was an Egyptian journalist. For 17 years (1957–1974), he was editor-in-chief of the Cairo newspaper Al-Ahram...  more
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    The Archeaeology and Art of Ancient Egypt, HIDDEN TREASURES OF EGYPTIAN MUSEU

    BirthplaceNorth Africa, Egypt, Damietta Governorate, Africa, Damietta

    Birthdate1947-05-28

    NationalityEgypt

    Zahi Hawass (Arabic: زاهي حواس‎; born May 28, 1947) is an Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in...  more
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    Amr Diab (Egyptian Arabic: عمروْ دِياب‎; born October 11, 1961) is an Egyptian vocalist and writer. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean...  more
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    Azgal Sahafeya, Sodasyet Salah Jahin Al-Karikatorya

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Birthdate1930

    NationalityEgypt

    Muhammad Salah Eldin Bahgat Ahmad Helmy (محمد صلاح الدين بهجت أحمد حلمي, IPA: [mu'ħammad sˤɑˈlɑːħ el-, edˈdiːn ˈbæhɡæt 'ʔaħmad ˈħelmi]), known as "Salah Jaheen" or "Salah Jahin" (Arabic: صلاح...  more
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    Searching For A Body, Twelve Women

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    Birthdate1917

    NationalityEgypt

    Youssef El Sebai is a novelist and a screenwriter....  more
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    Age of Science, Voyage Through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize

    BirthplaceBeheira Governorate, Damanhur, North Africa, Egypt, Africa

    Birthdate1946

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt

    Ahmed Hassan Zewail (Arabic: أحمد حسن زويل‎, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈæħmæd ˈħæsæn zeˈweːl]; February 26, 1946 – August 2, 2016) was an Egyptian-American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry"....  more
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    The Life of The Last Prophet, Entre l'Homme et son CoeurÂ

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Birthdate1962

    NationalitySwitzerland, Egypt

    Tariq Ramadan (Arabic: طارق رمضان‎; born 26 August 1962) is a Swiss Muslim academic, philosopher, and writer. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford and the...  more
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    Nawader Alayek Fi Maarefat Alnaik, The Khalifas who took the right way

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    Birthdate1445

    NationalityEgypt

    Abū al-Faḍl ‘Abd al-Raḥmān ibn Abī Bakr ibn Muḥammad Jalāl al-Dīn al-Khuḍayrī al-Suyūṭī (Arabic: جلال الدين عبد الرحمن بن أبي بكر بن محمد الخضيري السيوطي‎; c. 1445–1505 AD); aka Jalaluddin; an...  more
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    The Tree Climber, Plays

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    Birthdate1898-10-09

    NationalityTurkey, Egypt

    Tawfiq al-Hakim or Tawfik el-Hakim (October 9, 1898 – July 26, 1987) (Arabic: توفيق الحكيم‎ Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm) was a prominent Egyptian writer and visionary. He is one of the pioneers of the Arabic...  more
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    Reading for the future, What is Islam?

    BirthplaceNorth Africa, Egypt, Shibin Al Kawm, Al Minufiyah, Africa

    Birthdate1921

    NationalityEgypt

    Mustafa Kamal Mahmoud Hussein (Arabic: مصطفى كمال محمود حسين‎; 25 December 1921 – 31 October 2009) commonly known as Mustafa Mahmoud (Arabic: مصطفى محمود‎) was an Egyptian doctor, philosopher, and...  more
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    Thalāthūn shahr fī al-sijn, Wathāʼiq al-Sādāt

    BirthplaceEgypt, Mit Abu al-Kum

    Birthdate1918

    NationalityEgypt

    Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat (, also UK: , US: ; Arabic: محمد أنور السادات‎, romanized: Muḥammad ʾAnwar as-Sādāt, Egyptian Arabic: [mæˈħæmmæd ˈʔɑnwɑɾ essæˈdæːt]; 25 December 1918 – 6 October 1981) was the...  more
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    Aisha, In the Eye of the Sun

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Birthdate1950-03-23

    NationalityEgypt

    Ahdaf Soueif (أهداف سويف) (born 23 March 1950) is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator....  more
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    Ahmed Ahmed (born June 27, 1970) is an Egyptian-American actor and comedian....  more
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    The Geology of Egypt, The Moon as Viewed by Lunar Orbiter

    BirthplaceZagazig, Egypt

    Birthdate1938-01-02

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt

    Farouk El-Baz (Egyptian Arabic: فاروق الباز‎, Pronunciation: [fɑˈruːʔ elˈbæːz, fæˈruːʔ]) (born January 2, 1938) is an Egyptian American space scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning...  more
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    Amr Mohamed Helmi Khaled (Arabic: عمرو محمد حلمي خالد‎; born 5 September 1967) is an Egyptian Muslim activist and television preacher. The New York Times Magazine, in reference to Khaled's...  more
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