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

These authors, like David Ben Hassin and Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine include images when available.

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

For further information on these historic Moroccan authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Moroccan authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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Fatema Mernissi Beyond the Veil, Scheherazade Goes West, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood Fatema Mernissi is a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist.

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Driss Chraïbi The Simple Past, Mother Spring, Succession ouverte Driss Chraïbi was a Moroccan author whose novels deal with colonialism, culture clashes, generational conflict and the treatment of women and are often semi-autobiographical. Born in El ...more

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Abdelkebir Khatibi The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy, La mémoire tatouée, L' art calligraphique de l'Islam Abdelkebir Khatibi was a Moroccan literary critic, novelist and playwright. Affected in his late twenties by the rebellious spirit of 1960s counterculture, he challenged in his writings the ...more

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Tahar Ben Jelloun The Sand Child, L'Auberge Des Pauvres, Rachid Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic. He became known for his 1985 novel L’Enfant de Sable. Today he lives ...more

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Ibn Battuta The Travels of Ibn Batuta, Reisen ans Ende der Welt, Voyages d'Ibn Batoutah dans l'Asie Mineure Ibn Baṭūṭah, or simply Ibn Battuta, was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty ...more

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Emmanuel Hocquard Ma haie, tome 2, Un test de solitude Emmanuel Hocquard is a French poet.

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Mohammed Mrabet Look & move on, The lemon: a novel, The big mirror Mohammed Mrabet is a Moroccan author artist and storyteller of the Ait Ouriaghel tribe in the Rif region. Mrabet is mostly known in the West through his association with Paul Bowles, William ...more

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Malika Oufkir Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, Al-sajinah, La Prisionera Malika Oufkir is a Moroccan Berber writer and former "disappeared". She is the daughter of General Mohamed Oufkir and a cousin of fellow Moroccan writer and actress Leila Shenna. ...more

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Laila Lalami Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, x-24 Laila Lalami is a Moroccan American novelist and essayist.

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Allal al-Fassi The independence movements in Arab North Africa Muhammad Allal al-Fassi, was a Moroccan politician, writer, poet and Islamic scholar.

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Mohammed Benzakour Mohammed Benzakour is a Moroccan-Dutch columnist, essayist, poet, writer and politician. He is the third child in a family of five. At age three, he and mother and siblings settle in ...more

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Mahi Binebine Welcome to paradise Mahi Binebine is a Moroccan painter and novelist born in Marrakech in 1959. Binebine has written six novels which have been translated into various languages. In 1980 Mahi Binebine went to Paris ...more

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Bensalem Himmich The polymath Bensalem Himmich is a novelist, poet and philosopher who teaches at the Mohammed V University, Rabat in Morocco. He has published 26 books, both literary and scientific works, in Arabic and ...more

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Mohamed Hamri Tales of Joujouka Mohamed Hamri, commonly known as Hamri, was a self-described Painter of Morocco. He was a Moroccan painter and author and one of the few Moroccans to participate in the Tangier Beat scene. He ...more

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Abdellatif Laabi Le Fou d'espoir, The world's embrace Abdellatif Laâbi is a Moroccan poet, born in 1942 in Fes, Morocco. Laâbi, then teaching French, founded with other poets the artistic journal Souffles, an important literary review ...more

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Mohammed Berrada Fugitive Light, Les représentations de la Méditerranée, Comme un été qui ne reviendra pas Mohammed Berrada, also transliterated Muhammad Baradah, is a Moroccan novelist, literary critic and translator writing in Arabic. He is considered one of Morocco's most important modern authors. ...more

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Muhammad al-Idrisi Abu Abd Allah Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani al-Sabti or simply Al Idrisi was a Muslim geographer, cartographer, Egyptologist and traveller who lived in Sicily, at the court of King ...more

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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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Abdallah Laroui The crisis of the Arab intellectual Abdallah Laroui is a Moroccan historian and novelist writing in Arabic and French. He is considered one of Morocco's leading intellectuals. Laroui taught at the University Mohammed V in Rabat ...more

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Salim Jay Avez-vous lu Henri Thomas?, Pour Angelo Rinaldi Salim Jay is a Moroccan novelist, essayist and literary critic. He was born in Paris from a Moroccan father and a French mother. He has written about 20 books, numerous essays and more than ...more

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David Ben Hassin David Ben Hassin is considered to have been one of the greatest Jewish Moroccan poets and one of the best-known figures of Jewish liturgic poetry. His piyyutim were spread through the Sephardic ...more

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Mohammed Aziz Lahbabi Mohammed Aziz Lahbabi was a Moroccan philosopher, novelist and poet writing in Arabic and French. Some of his books were translated into more than 30 languages. Lahbabi studied at the Sorbonne ...more

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Abdelwahid al-Marrakushi The history of the Almohades Abdelwahid al-Marrakushi was a Moroccan historian who lived during the Almohad period. Abdelwahid was born in Marrakech in 1185 during the reign of Yaqub al-Mansur, in 1194 he moved to Fes to ...more

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Mohamed Zafzaf Mohamed Zafzaf was one of the best known Moroccan novelists and poets writing in Arabic.

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Ahmed Sefrioui Ahmed Sefrioui was a Moroccan novelist and pioneer of Moroccan literature in the French language. He was born in Fes in 1915 of Berber parents. Sefrioui was founder of the Al Batha museum in ...more

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Youssouf Amine Elalamy Two novellas by YAE Youssouf Amine Elalamy is a Moroccan writer. He received the prize of best travel account from the British Council International for his book Un Morocain à New York and the Grand Prix ...more

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Mohammed Achaari Mohammed Achaari is a Moroccan writer and politician. He was born in 1951 in Moulay Driss Zerhoun. He studied law at the Mohammed V University and graduated in 1976. He published a collection of ...more

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Mohammed Alami Mohammed Alami is a professional SEO Expert and Consultant in his own right, an entrepreneur, an engineer, and Master E-Commerce specialist. Mohammed Alami was born on 10 November 1965 in ...more

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Abdallah Zrika Abdallah Zrika is one of the most famous poets of Morocco. His poetry is free, based on spoken language and unrivalled in contemporary Arabic literature in its spontaneity. Zrika grew up in the ...more

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Abdelhadi Said Abdelhadi Said is a Moroccan poet. His first collection of poems has received the "prix de poésie de l'Union des Écrivains du Maroc" when he was 22 years old. In 2005 he ...more

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Mohammed Bennis Mohammed Bennis is a Moroccan poet and one of the most important poets of the Modern Arabic Poetry. He was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1948. He contributes energetically to the modern Arabic poetry ...more

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Muhammad al-Arabi al-Darqawi Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Arabi al-Darqawi was a Moroccan Sufi leader of the Shadhili tariqa and the author of letters concerning the dhikr he preached and instructions for daily life. He ...more

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Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine Mohammed Khair-Eddine was amongst the most famous Moroccan literary figures of the 20th century.

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Ahmad Ibn al-Qadi Abu l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn al-Qadi al-Miknasi was the leading writer from Ahmad al-Mansur's court in Morocco next to Abd al-Aziz al-Fishtali. He was also a renowned judge and ...more

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Mohammed Awzal Mohammed Awzal, also known as Muhammad ibn Ali Awzal or al-Awzali was a religious Berber poet. He is considered the most important author of the Teshelhit literary tradition. He was born around ...more

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Tewfik Allal Tewfik Allal was born on October 11, 1947, in Oujda in Morocco. He is a writer and a prominent political figure. He is the president of the association Manifeste des libertés. It took a ...more

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Mohamed Chafik Mohamed Chafik is a Moroccan writer and specialist in Berber language and literature.

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Ali Azaykou Ali Sidqi Azaykou, also called Dda Ali, was a Moroccan Berber poet, historian, philosopher and critic. He was an active partisan for the rights of the Berbers in Morocco.». He has greatly ...more

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Mohammed Kaghat Mohammed Kaghat is a Moroccan playwright, actor and stage director. He also directed several feature films and wrote several books on drama and theater in Morocco.

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Ismail ibn al-Ahmar Abu l-Walid Ismail ibn Yusuf Ibn al-Ahmar was a Moroccan historian of the fourteenth century, the time of the Marinid dynasty. He was a contemporary of Ibn Khaldun. He was the official historian ...more

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Abdelmajid Benjelloun Abdelmajid Benjelloun was a novelist, journalist and ambassador from Morocco. His auto-biographical novel Fi at-Tufula, published in 1957, was one of the very first Moroccan novels in Arabic. He ...more

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Zakya Daoud Zakya Daoud is a French journalist. She was born in 1937 in Bernay in France. She was naturalized Moroccan and changed her name in 1959. Zakya Daoud started her career as a journalist in 1958 ...more

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Tayeb Saddiki Tayeb Seddiki is a Moroccan playwright, writing in both Arabic and French. He was born in Essaouira in 1938. He grew up in Casablanca in a neighborhood between el Habous and l'Hermitage. At the ...more

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Allal El Hajjam Allal El Hajjam is a poet and professor of Arabic language in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Previously he taught at the School of ...more

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Latifa Baka Latifa Baka, is a Moroccan author of novels and short stories. Novel: "De Depuis ce temps-là", Ministère de la culture, Rabat, 2005. Short stories: In ...more

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Wafaa Lamrani Wafaa Lamrani is a Moroccan poet. She was featured with two poems, The Wail of Heights and I am Consecrated to the Coming One in The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, and she was ...more

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Abderrahman El Majdoub Sidi Abderrahman el Majdoub, also transcribed as Mejdub, full name al-Shaykh Abu Zayd Abderrahman al-Majdoub Ibn Ayyad Ibn Yaacub Ibn Salama Ibn Khashan al-Sanhaji al-Dukkali, was a North ...more

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Farida Diouri Farida Diouri was a Moroccan novelist.

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Ahmed Toufiq Ahmed Toufiq is a well-known writer and scholar from Morocco. He was born in 1943 in the High Atlas near the city of Marrakech. He presented his PhD in 1979 on the subject of social history in ...more

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Mostafa Nissaboury Mostafa Nissaboury is a Moroccan poet. Nissaboury was one of the co-founders of the magazine Anfas/Souffles, an avant-garde bilingual quarterly that published essays, poetry, and fiction. ...more