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Famous Writers from Egypt

Updated June 8, 2017 25.2k views122 items

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

List is made up of writers like George Dimitri Sawa and Nikos Tsiforos.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Egyptian writers?" and "Which writers are from Egypt?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Egypt in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Egypt, but they're all of Egypt descent.
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  • 1
    Dec. at 95 (1911-2006)

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    WorksAl-Tareeq al-Masdood, The Tough, Palace Walk, The Beggar, Sugar Street

    Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian Arabic: نجيب محفوظ‎, romanized: Nagīb Maḥfūẓ, IPA: [næˈɡiːb mɑħˈfuːzˤ]; December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for...  more

    #589 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#688 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#67 of 106 The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

  • 2

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksMaydoum, Aisha, In the Eye of the Sun, The Map of Love, Mezzaterra

    Ahdaf Soueif (أهداف سويف) (born 23 March 1950) is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator....  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    WorksThe eternal male, Omar Sharif Talks Bridge, Play better bridge, Ma vie au bridge, Play More Bridge with Omar Sharif

    Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʕomɑɾ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub [miˈʃel dɪˈmitɾi ʃælˈhuːb]; 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor of...  more

    #143 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#83 of 219 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar (For Acting)#179 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • 4

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksThe Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Where the Truth Lies, Felicia's Journey, Ararat

    Atom Egoyan, (; born July 19, 1960) is a Canadian stage and film director, writer, and producer. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica (1994), a film set primarily in and around the...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    WorksGosford Park, The Tourist, Two Brothers, The Young Victoria, Vanity Fair

    Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford (born 17 August 1949) is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, and a Conservative peer of the House of...  more
  • 6
    Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    WorksThe Emigrant, Alexandria... New York, An Egyptian Story, Salladin the Victorious

    Youssef Chahine (Arabic: يوسف شاهين‎; 25 January 1926 – 27 July 2008) was an Egyptian film director, of Lebanese and Greek origin. He was active in the Egyptian film industry from 1950 until his...  more
  • 7
    Dec. at 84 (1889-1973)

    BirthplaceMinya Governorate, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

    WorksThe Future of Culture in Egypt, The Nightingale's Prayer, Au-delà du Nil, Mudhakkirāt Ṭāhā Ḥusayn, Kalimāt

    Taha Hussein (November 15, 1889 – October 28, 1973; Egyptian Arabic: [ˈtˤɑːhɑ ħ(e)ˈseːn]) was one of the most influential 20th-century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for The...  more
  • 8
    Age: 72

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksStepfather III, Lookin' Italian, Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

    Guy Magar is a film director....  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceNorth Africa, Egypt, Damietta Governorate, Africa, Damietta

    WorksThe Archeaeology and Art of Ancient Egypt, Tombs at Giza, Silent Images, The Royal Tombs of Egypt, Le Tombeau de Menna

    Zahi Hawass (Arabic: زاهي حواس‎; born May 28, 1947) is an Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in...  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Mahmoud el-Meliguy (Egyptian Arabic: محمود المليجي‎, Maḥmoūd el-Meleygī; 22 December 1910 – 6 June 1983) was an Egyptian screenwriter and an actor of film, theater, and television. He started his...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 44 (1919-1963)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksSalladin the Victorious

    Ezzel Dine Zulficar (Arabic: عزالدين ذو الفقار‎, ‘Ezz ad-Dīne Zū al-Fiqār; October 28, 1919 – July 1, 1963) was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer....  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    WorksControl Room, Startup.com

    Jehane Noujaim (Egyptian Arabic: چيهان نچيم‎, IPA: [ʒeˈhæːn nʊˈʒeːm]) (born May 17, 1974) is an American documentary film director best known for her films Control Room, Startup.com, Pangea Day and...  more
  • 13
    Dec. at 56 (1930-1986)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksChased by the Dogs, Wild Desire, Chafika et Metwal, The return of the prodigal son, Al Motawahesha

    Muhammad Salah Eldin Bahgat Ahmad Helmy (محمد صلاح الدين بهجت أحمد حلمي, IPA: [mu'ħammad sˤɑˈlɑːħ el-, edˈdiːn ˈbæhɡæt 'ʔaħmad ˈħelmi]), known as "Salah Jaheen" or "Salah Jahin" (Arabic: صلاح...  more
  • 14
    Jihan El-Tahri (Arabic: ﺟﻬﺎﻥ ﺍلطاهري‎; born in Beirut, Lebanon) is a writer, director and producer of documentary films. She is a French and Egyptian national. In 1984, she received her BA in...  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksHassan and Nayima

    Henry Barakat (Arabic: هنري بركات‎, 11 June 1914, Cairo – 27 May 1997, Cairo) was one of the most famous Egyptian film directors in his era. He was born in Shobra, Cairo, to a Christian Melkite...  more
  • 16

    BirthplacePort Said, Egypt

    WorksTrue Enough, Nickel and Dime

    Sam Karmann is an actor, screenwriter and film and television director....  more
  • 17
    Dec. at 60 (1889-1949)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksEverything Is Fine, Ghazal Al Banat, Si Omar, Yacout, Sahib al saada KeshKesh Beik

    Naguib el-Rihani (Arabic: نجيب الريحاني‎; January 21, 1889 – June 8, 1949) was an Egyptian actor. He was born in Bab El Shereya, Cairo, Egypt to an Chaldean Iraqi father from the city of Mosul in...  more
  • 18
    Dec. at 90 (1909-1999)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    WorksThe Ghost, Les Misérables, The Whole City Sings, The Vampires, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire

    Riccardo Freda (Alexandria, Egypt, 24 February 1909 – Rome, Italy, 20 December 1999) was an Italian film director. He worked in a variety of genres, including sword-and-sandal, horror, giallo and spy...  more
  • 19
    Age: 59

    BirthplacePort Said, Port Said Governorate, North Africa, Egypt, Africa

    Amr Diab (Egyptian Arabic: عمروْ دِياب‎; born October 11, 1961) is an Egyptian vocalist and writer. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean...  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 81 (1915-1996)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksBidaya wa Nihaya, The Tough

    Salah Abu Seif (Arabic: صلاح أبو سيف‎, Ṣalāḥ Abū Sayf) (May 10, 1915 – June 23, 1996) was one of the most famous Egyptian film directors, and is considered to be the godfather of Neorealist cinema in...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceBeheira Governorate, Damanhur, North Africa, Egypt, Africa

    WorksAge of Science, Voyage Through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize, Time's mysteries and miracles, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Physical Biology: From Atoms to Medicine

    Ahmed Hassan Zewail (Arabic: أحمد حسن زويل‎, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈæħmæd ˈħæsæn zeˈweːl]; February 26, 1946 – August 2, 2016) was an Egyptian-American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry"....  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    WorksTeer Enta

    Ahmed Mekky (Arabic: أحمد مكي‎) is an Algerian born Egyptian actor, writer, director and rapper. ...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    WorksThe United Nations and apartheid, New concepts for development action in Africa, Démocratiser la mondialisation, Paz desarrollo medio ambiente, Aḥādīth siyāsīyah

    Boutros Boutros-Ghali (; Coptic: Ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ Ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ-Ⲅⲁⲗⲓ, Arabic: بطرس بطرس غالي‎ Buṭrus Buṭrus Ghālī, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈbotɾos ˈɣæːli]; 14 November 1922 – 16 February 2016) was an Egyptian politician...  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, North Africa, Egypt, Alexandria Governorate, Africa

    WorksThe Age of Extremes, The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848, The Age of Capital: 1848–1875, The Age of Empire: 1875–1914, LÂAge des extrêmes

    Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm (; 9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) was a British historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. He is considered one of the world's best-known...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    WorksDreams of Hind and Camilia

    Mohamed Hamed Hassan Khan (Egyptian Arabic: محمد حامد حسن خان‎ pronounced [mæˈħæmmæd ˈħæːmed ˈħæsæn xæːn]; 26 October 1942 – 26 July 2016) was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He...  more