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Famous Writers from Afghanistan

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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 Ru... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi Dec. at 66 (1207-1273)
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, "our master"), ...more
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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
age 54
Khaled Hosseini (Persian: خالد حسینی‎ [ˈxɒled hoˈsejni]; ; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a ...more

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Atiq Rahimi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
age 57
Atiq Rahimi (Persian: عتیق رحیمی‎) (born 26 February 1962 in Kabul) 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
age 57
Siddiq Barmak (Persian: صدیق برمک‎, born September 7, 1962 in Panjshir, Afghanistan) is a Golden Globe-winner Afghan film director and producer. He received an M.A degree in cinema direction ...more
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Ali-Shir Nava'i is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Dec. at 60 (1441-1501)
Mīr 'Alisher Navaiy (9 February 1441 – 3 January 1501), also known as Nizām-al-Din ʿAlisher Herawī (Chagatai-Turkic/Persian: نظام‌الدین علی‌شیر نوایی‎) was a Chagatai Turkic poet, writer, ...more
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Rahman Baba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Dec. at 61 (1650-1711)
Abdur Rahmān Mohmand (1632–1706) (Pashto: عبدالرحمان بابا‎), or Rahmān Bābā (Pashto: رحمان بابا‎), was a renowned Pashtun Sufi Dervish and poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire (modern-day ...more
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Burhan Qurbani is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Burhan Qurbani age 39
Burhan Qurbani (Persian: برهان قربانی‎) (born in Erkelenz on 15 November 1980) is a young Afghan-German film director, writer and actor of ethnic Hazara origin. His directing, writing and acting ...more
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Nagieb Khaja is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Nagieb Khaja age 40
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
Dec. at 68 (1865-1933)
Sardar Mahmud Beg Tarzi (Pashto: محمود طرزۍ‎, Dari: محمود بیگ طرزی; August 23, 1865 – November 22, 1933) was a politician and one of Afghanistan's greatest intellectuals. He is known as the ...more
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Sulaiman Layeq is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
age 89
Sulaiman Layeq (Pashto: سليمان لايق‎, sometimes also Romanised as Laeq or Laiq) (born 12 October 1930) is an Afghan politician, ideologue and poet.
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Jalil Zaland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)
Ustad Jalil Zaland (Pashto: جلیل ځلاند‎, Persian: جلیل زلاند‎) (also spelled as Jalil Zoland and Ustad Zoland; Persian: استاد زولاند‎ or استاد زلاند) is a veteran singer of Afghanistan's golden ...more
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Wasef Bakhtari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Wasef Bakhtari age 77
Wasef Bakhtari (Persian: استاد واصف باختری‎) (born 1942 in Balkh, Afghanistan) is an Afghan 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 40
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
Dec. at 25 (1980-2005)
Nadia Anjuman (Persian: نادیا انجمن‎; December 27, 1980 – November 4, 2005) was a poet from Afghanistan.
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Parween Pazhwak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
age 52
Parween Pazhwak (born in 1967 in Kabul) 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, ...more
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Abdul Hamid Baba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Afghanistan
Abdul Hameed masho gagar (Pashto: عبدالحميد ماشوخېل‎ - also known as Abdul Hamid Baba), was a Pashtun poet and Sufi figure.