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List of famous writers from Afghanistan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Afghanistan is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Afghan writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Afghanistan and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List contains writers like Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi and Khaled Hosseini.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Afghan writers?" and "Which writers are from Afghanistan?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Afghanistan in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Afghanistan, but they're all of Afghanistan descent.

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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi Died at 66 (1207-1273) Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, Mawlānā, Mevlânâ, Mevlevî, and more popularly simply as Rūmī, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, ...more

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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Khaled Hosseini age 53 Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, an occupation that he likened to "an arranged ...more

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Atiq Rahimi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Atiq Rahimi age 56 Atiq Rahimi is a French-Afghan writer and filmmaker.

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Siddiq Barmak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Siddiq Barmak age 56 Siddiq Barmak is a film director and producer. He received an M.A degree in cinema direction from the Moscow Film Institute in 1987. He has written a few screenplays and has made a few short ...more

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Ali-Shir Nava'i is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Ali-Shir Nava'i Died at 60 (1441-1501) Mīr 'Ali-Shir Nava'i, also known as Nizām-al-Din ʿAlī-Shīr Herawī was a Central Asian Turkic poet, writer, politician, linguist, mystic, and painter. He was the greatest representative of ...more

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Rahman Baba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Rahman Baba Died at 61 (1650-1711) Abdur Rahmān Bābā, or Rahmān Bābā, was a Pashtun poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire. He, along with his contemporary Khushal Khan Khattak, is considered one of the most popular poets among ...more

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Burhan Qurbani is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Burhan Qurbani age 38 Burhan Qurbani in Erkelenz is a young Afghan-German film director, writer and actor. His directing, writing and acting work includes Shahada, 20xBrandenburg, Illusion.

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Nagieb Khaja is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Nagieb Khaja age 39 Nagieb Khaja is an author, journalist, screenwriter and film director.

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Mahmud Tarzi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Mahmud Tarzi Died at 68 (1865-1933) Mahmūd Bēg Tarzī was one of Afghanistan's greatest intellectuals. He is known as the father of Afghan journalism. As a prominent modern thinker, he became a key figure in the history of ...more

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Sulaiman Layeq is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Sulaiman Layeq age 88 Sulaiman Layeq was an Afghan politician, ideologue and poet.

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Jalil Zaland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Jalil Zaland Died at 74 (1935-2009) Ustad Jalil Zaland is a veteran singer of Afghanistan's golden music era. He is also a poet and music composer. He is the father of Farid Zaland, Shala Zaland, Soheila Zaland, Wahid Zaland, Mina ...more

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Wasef Bakhtari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Wasef Bakhtari age 76 Wasef Bakhtari is a renowned Persian poet, literary figure and intellectual.

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Abdul Hamid Bahij is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Abdul Hamid Bahij age 39 Dr. Abdul Hamid Bahij, is an Afghan medical doctor, writer, translator and dictionary writer.

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Nadia Anjuman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Nadia Anjuman Died at 25 (1980-2005) Nadia Anjuman was a poet from Afghanistan.

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Parween Pazhwak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Parween Pazhwak age 51 Parween Pazhwak 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, her father and mother ...more

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Abdul Hamid Baba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Abdul Hamid Baba Abdul Hameed Mashokhel, was a Pashtun poet and Sufi figure.