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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.
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
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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, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, ...more

Birthplace: Vakhsh, Tajikistan

Nationality: Tajikistan

Works: Call to Love, The Love Poems of Rumi, The Rumi Collection, Lubb-i lubāb-i masnavī, The Paragon Parrot, + more

Also Ranked

#50 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
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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 marriage". He has published three novels, most notably his 2003 debut The Kite Runner, all of which are at least ...more

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Nationality: Afghanistan, United States of America

Works: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Cometas En El Cielo / The Kite Runner, Drage Loberen, And the Mountains Echoed

Also Ranked

#25 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#72 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

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

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Nationality: Afghanistan, France

Works: The Patience Stone, Earth and Ashes, Earth and Ashes, The Patience Stone, Terre et cendres, + more

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Siddiq Barmak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
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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 films. His first feature film Osama, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004. There is a ...more

Birthplace: Panjshir Province, Afghanistan

Nationality: Afghanistan

Works: Osama, The Stranger

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