Writers Famous Authors from Iraq

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

This list contains authors like Abdul Rahman Munif and Ahmed Al-Gubbanchi.

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Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Saddam Hussein Zabibah and the King, Niḍālunā wa al-siyāsah al-dawlīyah, Men and the City Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath ...more

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Sami Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Sami Michael Ḥasut, Eine Liebe in Bagdad. ( Ab 13 J.), Ahavah ben ha-dekalim Sami Michael is an Israeli author. Since 2001, Michael has been the President of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Michael was among the first in Israel to call for the creation of an ...more

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Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr Falsafatuna, Shiaism, the natural product of Islam Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr was an Iraqi Shia cleric, philosopher, and ideological founder of the Islamic Dawa Party, born in al-Kazimiya, Iraq. He is the father-in-law of Muqtada al-Sadr and cousin ...more

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Abdul Rahman Munif is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Abdul Rahman Munif Bāb al-maftūḥ, Story of a city, Sibāq al-masāfāt al-ṭawīlah Abdel Rahman Munif was a Jordanian-born Saudi novelist. His novels include strong political elements and parodies of the Middle Eastern elite class. His work so offended the rulers of Saudi ...more

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Huner Saleem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Huner Saleem My Father's Rifle: A Childhood in Kurdistan Huner Saleem, also transliterated as Huner Salim, is an Iraqi–Kurdish film director. He was born in the town of Aqrah in Iraqi Kurdistan. He left Iraq at the age of 17, and soon made his way to ...more

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Heather Raffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Heather Raffo Nine Parts of Desire Heather Raffo is a Lucille Lortel Award-winning Iraqi American playwright and actress, best known for her leading role in the one-woman play 9 Parts of Desire.

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David Rabeeya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
David Rabeeya Women's Struggles, Rabeeya's Reflections, Israel David Rabeeya is an Israeli and American author and professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. David Rabeeya is an Iraqi Jew born in Baghdad, Iraq. He and his family later moved to Israel in about ...more

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Badr Shakir al-Sayyab is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Badr Shakir al-Sayyab Ekbaal, Wilting Flowers, Weapons and Children Badr Shakir al Sayyab was an Iraqi and Arab poet. Born in Jekor, a town south of Basra in Iraq, he was the eldest child of a date grower and shepherd. He graduated from the Higher teachers ...more

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Ahmad ibn Hanbal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Ahmad ibn Hanbal The Foundations of the Sunnah, Al-Musnad, Kitab Mansukh Aḥmad bin Muḥammad bin Ḥanbal Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Shaybānī was an important Muslim scholar and theologian. He is considered the founder of the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence. Ibn Hanbal ...more

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Haifa Zangana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Haifa Zangana Nisa ala safar, Women on a journey, Through the Vast Halls of Memory Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi novelist, author, artist, and political activist, best known for writing Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London. Haifa grew up in Baghdad and graduated from ...more

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Zainab Bahrani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Zainab Bahrani Rituals of war, Women of Babylon Zainab Bahrani is an Iraqi professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at Columbia University.

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Ya'qub Bilbul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Ya'qub Bilbul Ya'qub Bilbul was an Iraqi Jewish writer. His literary works were published in Arabic, and he achieved recognition as early as 1936 after publishing an article in the Iraqi journal, Al-Hatif. ...more

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Abū Ḥanīfa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Abū Ḥanīfa Kitaab-ul-Aathaar, Kitabul Aathaar, Aalim wa'l-muta‘allim Nuʿmān ibn Thābit ibn Zūṭā ibn Marzubān, also known as Imam Abū Ḥanīfah, was the founder of the Sunni Hanafi school of fiqh. He is also considered a renowned Islamic scholar and personality by ...more

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Alia Mamdouh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Alia Mamdouh La naphtaline Alia Mamdouh also spelled Aliyah Mamduh is an Iraqi novelist, author and journalist living in exile in Paris, France. She won the 2004 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel The Loved ...more

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Latif Yahia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Latif Yahia The Devil's Double Latif Yahia is a screenwriter.

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Sinan Antoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Sinan Antoon I'jaam Sinan Antoon, is an Iraqi poet, novelist, scholar, and an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. He was featured in the 2003 documentary film ...more

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Adnan Pachachi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Adnan Pachachi Iraq's voice at the United Nations, 1959-69 Adnan al-Pachachi or Adnan Muzahim Ameen al-Pachachi is a veteran Iraqi politician and diplomat. Pachachi was Iraq's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1959 to 1965 and Foreign ...more

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Charles Saatchi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Charles Saatchi Looking over your opponent's shoulder Charles Saatchi is a British businessman and the co-founder with his brother Maurice of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The brothers led the business – the world's largest advertising ...more

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Hafsa Bekri is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Hafsa Bekri Hafsa Bekri-Lamrani is a poet and writer of a book of short stories, Jellabiates. She published: Tendresse et autres lumières and Sparks of Life, two collections of poetry at Aïni ...more

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Naïm Kattan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Naïm Kattan A.M. Klein, Adieu, Babylone Naïm Kattan, OC CQ FRSC is a Canadian novelist, essayist and critic of Iraqi Jewish origin. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he studied at the University of Baghdad from 1945 until 1947 and at the ...more

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Dunya Mikhail is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Dunya Mikhail The war works hard = al-Ḥarb taʻmalu bi-jid Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi poet based in the United States.

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Nazik Al-Malaika is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Nazik Al-Malaika Nazik Al-Malaika, Al-Malaika in English: Angels, she was an Iraqi female poet and is considered by many to be one of the most influential contemporary Iraqi female poets. Al-Malaika is famous as ...more

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Saadi Yousef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Saadi Yousef Saadi Yousef is an Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist. He has published thirty volumes of poetry and seven books of prose.

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Muhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Muhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri was an Iraqi poet.

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Georges Sada is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Georges Sada Saddam's secrets General Georges Hormiz Sada is an Iraqi of ethnic Assyrian descent, an author, former Iraqi National Security Advisor and retired general officer of the Iraqi Air Force.

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Muhsin al-Ramli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Muhsin al-Ramli Scattered crumbs Muhsin Al-Ramli is an expatriate Iraqi writer living in Madrid, Spain since 1995. Doctorate in Philosophy and Letters, Spanish Philology. Universidad Autónoma of Madrid 2003, thesis ...more

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Salah Al-Hamdani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Salah Al-Hamdani Baghdad mon amour Salah Al-Hamdani, born in 1951 in Baghdad, is an Iraqi poet, actor, and playwright. Imprisoned as a political dissident in the 1970s, he began writing in prison. Some of his writing was ...more

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Choman Hardi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Choman Hardi Choman Hardi is a contemporary Kurdish poet, translator and painter. She was born in Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan. In 1975 her family fled to Iran after the Algiers Accord but returned to Iraq ...more

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Nadje Sadig Al-Ali is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Nadje Sadig Al-Ali The women's movement in Egypt, with selected references to Turkey, Iraqi women Nadje Sadig Al-Ali is the author of Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present. and co-author with Nicola Pratt of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq. Born to an ...more

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Husain al-Radi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Husain al-Radi Husain Ar-Radi, also known as Hashiim, 'Ammar, and Salam Adil, was an Iraqi communist politician as well as a poet and painter. He was the leader of the Iraqi Communist Party from 1955 until his ...more

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Rena Kirdar Sindi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Rena Kirdar Sindi Rena Kirdar Sindi is an Iraqi author, socialite and party hostess.

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Farrah Sarafa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Farrah Sarafa Farrah Sarafa is an American living in Manhattan most known for her work as a poet. She also works as a translator, writer, and professor. Sarafa was the recipient of a SLS Summer Writing ...more

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Ibn Sirin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Ibn Sirin Great Book of Interpretation of Dreams Muhammad Ibn Sirin was a Muslim interpreter of dreams who lived in the 8th century. He was a contemporary of Anas ibn Malik.

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Khalid al-Maaly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Khalid al-Maaly Khalid al-Maaly, born in as-Samawa, Iraq in 1956 is a leading Arab writer, poet and publisher.

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Daisy Al-Amir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Daisy Al-Amir Daisy Al Amir or often referred to as simply Dayzi Amir is an Iraqi writer, poet and novelist. She is author of The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation has renowned her as one of ...more

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Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi was a prominent Iraqi poet and philosopher. He is regarded as one of the greatest contemporary poets of the Arab world and was known for his defense of women's rights.

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Adnan Al-Sayegh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Adnan Al-Sayegh Adnan al-Sayegh, "is one of the most original voices from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the Eighties Movement. His poetry, crafted with elegance, and sharp as an arrowhead, carries ...more

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Taufiq Wahby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Taufiq Wahby A Kurdish-English Dictionary, Kurdish studies, The remnants of Mithraism in Hatra and Iraqi Kurdistan Taufiq Wahby was a prominent Kurdish writer, linguist and politician. He first served in the Ottoman army as a colonel, but after the creation of Iraq by the British in 1920, he became an ...more

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Ahmed Al-Gubbanchi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Ahmed Al-Gubbanchi Ahmed Hasan Ali Al-Gubbanchi is an Iraqi liberal Muslim intellectual, born in Najaf in 1958, who focuses on developing a "Civil Islam" which is consistent with human rights, justice ...more

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Leilah Nadir is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Leilah Nadir Leilah Nadir is an Iraqi Canadian novelist and writer. Born to an ethnic Assyrian Iraqi Christian father and an English mother, she was raised in Britain and Canada. Nadir holds a Master's ...more

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Rachel Wahba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Rachel Wahba Rachel Wahba is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and in Marin County. She is also a published author of several anthologies relating to being a Mizrahi/Sephardi Jew of ...more

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Gassan Hamdan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Iraq
Gassan Hamdan Gassan Hamdan is an Iraqi scholar, poet and translator. He is noted for having translated poems of legendary poets such as Rumi, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri and Ahmad Shamlou into the ...more