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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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Naguib Mahfouz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Naguib Mahfouz Died at 95 (1911-2006) Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Tawfiq el-Hakim, to ...more

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Ahdaf Soueif is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ahdaf Soueif age 67 Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator.

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Omar Sharif is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Omar Sharif age 85 Omar Sharif is an Egyptian actor. The assumed surname Sharif means "noble" in Arabic. His films include Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an ...more

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Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Atom Egoyan age 57 Atom Egoyan, OC is a Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan was ...more

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Julian Fellowes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Julian Fellowes age 68 Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford DL, known professionally as Julian Fellowes, is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, as well as a ...more

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Youssef Chahine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Youssef Chahine Died at 82 (1926-2008) Youssef Chahine was an Egyptian film director active in the Egyptian film industry since 1950. He was credited with launching the career of actor Omar Sharif. A critically acclaimed director ...more

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Taha Hussein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Taha Hussein Died at 84 (1889-1973) Taha Hussein, was one of the most influential 20th century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for the The Egyptian Renaissance and the modernist movement in the Middle East and ...more

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Guy Magar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Guy Magar age 69 Guy Magar is a film director.

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Zahi Hawass is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Zahi Hawass age 70 Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, an Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, ...more

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Mahmoud el-Meliguy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Mahmoud el-Meliguy Died at 73 (1910-1983) Mahmoud el-Meliguy was an Egyptian screenwriter and an actor of film, theatre, and television. He started his career playing minor roles, but achieved stardom in the late 1930s. A popular and ...more

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Ezzel Dine Zulficar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ezzel Dine Zulficar Died at 44 (1919-1963) Ezzel Dine Zulficar was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer.

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Jehane Noujaim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Jehane Noujaim age 43 Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian American documentary film director best known for her films Control Room, Startup.com, Pangea Day and The Square, that earned her documentary a nomination for an ...more

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Salah Jahin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Salah Jahin Died at 56 (1930-1986) Mohammad Salah Eldin Bahgat Helmy, known as "Salah Jaheen" or "Salah Jahin" was a leading Egyptian poet, lyricist, playwright and cartoonist.

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Jihan El-Tahri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Jihan El-Tahri Jihan El-Tahri is a writer, director and producer of documentary films. She is a French and Egyptian national. In 1984, she received her BA in political science, and in 1986 her MA in Political ...more

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Henry Barakat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Henry Barakat Died at 83 (1914-1997) Henry Barakat was one of the foremost film directors in Egypt. For decades, he directed some of the most famous actors, singers and dancers of the Arab world. In the 1955 hit Days and Nights, he ...more

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Sam Karmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Sam Karmann age 64 Sam Karmann is an actor, screenwriter and film and television director.

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Naguib el-Rihani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Naguib el-Rihani Died at 60 (1889-1949) Naguib el-Rihani was an Assyrian-Egyptian actor. He was born in Bab El Shereya, Cairo, Egypt to an ethnic Assyrian father by the name of Elias El Rihani, a member of the Chaldean Catholic Church ...more

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Riccardo Freda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Riccardo Freda Died at 90 (1909-1999) Riccardo Freda was an Italian film director. He was born to a Neapolitan family. He left studies in Milan in 1933 and entered the Experimental Center for Cinematography and he soon began work as ...more

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Amr Diab is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Amr Diab age 56 Amr Abd El-Basset Abd El-Azeez Diab is an Egyptian popstar and composer of Pop music. He has been awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist four times: 1996 for album ...more

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Salah Abu Seif is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Salah Abu Seif Died at 81 (1915-1996) Salah Abu Seif was one of the most famous Egyptian film directors. He is considered to be the godfather of the realistic cinema in Egypt. Many of the 41 films he directed are considered Egyptian ...more

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Ahmed Zewail is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ahmed Zewail age 71 Ahmed Hassan Zewail is an Egyptian- American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry", he won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the ...more

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Ahmed Mekky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ahmed Mekky age 37 Ahmed Mekky is an Egyptian television and stage actor, writer, director, and rapper.

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Boutros Boutros-Ghali age 95 Boutros Boutros-Ghali is an Egyptian politician and diplomat who was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1992 to December 1996. An academic and former Vice Foreign ...more

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Eric Hobsbawm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Eric Hobsbawm Died at 95 (1917-2012) Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, FRSL was a British Marxist historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism, and nationalism. His best-known works include his trilogy about what he ...more

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Mohamed Khan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Mohamed Khan age 75 Mohammed Khan is a film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

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Gamal Abdel Nasser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Gamal Abdel Nasser Died at 52 (1918-1970) Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. He planned the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy, and was deputy prime minister in the new ...more

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Tawfiq al-Hakim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Tawfiq al-Hakim Died at 89 (1898-1987) Tawfiq al-Hakim or Tawfik el-Hakim was a prominent Egyptian writer. He is one of the pioneers of the Arabic novel and drama. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, the son of an Egyptian wealthy ...more

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Anwar Sadat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Anwar Sadat Died at 63 (1918-1981) Muhammad Anwar El Sadat was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. Sadat was a senior member of the ...more

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Mohamed A. El-Erian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Mohamed A. El-Erian age 59 Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, a multinational financial services company. He is the former CEO and co-Chief Investment Officer at PIMCO, a global investment firm and ...more

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Yousry Nasrallah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Yousry Nasrallah age 65 Yousry Nasrallah is an Egyptian film director.

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Ibrahim El Batout is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ibrahim El Batout age 54 Ibrahim El Batout is an Egyptian filmmaker, based in Cairo, Egypt. Born in Port Said on 20 September 1963. He has worked as a director, producer and cameraman capturing stories mainly about ...more

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Khairy Beshara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Khairy Beshara age 70 Khairy Beshara is an Egyptian film director active in the Egyptian film industry since the 1970s. He is considered one of the Egyptian directors who re-defined Realism in Egyptian cinema in the ...more

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Sayyid Qutb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Sayyid Qutb Died at 60 (1906-1966) Sayyid Qutb was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966 he was convicted of plotting the ...more

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Albert Cossery is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Albert Cossery Died at 95 (1913-2008) Albert Cossery was an Egyptian-born French writer. Although Cossery lived most of his life in Paris and only wrote in the French language, all of his novels were either set in his home country ...more

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Kamal El Sheikh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Kamal El Sheikh Died at 85 (1919-2004) Kamal El Sheikh was an Egyptian film director. He directed 28 films between 1952 and 1987.

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Amr Khaled is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Amr Khaled age 50 Amr Mohamed Helmi Khaled is an Egyptian Muslim activist and television preacher. The New York Times Magazine, in reference to Khaled's popularity in Arab countries, described him in its April ...more

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Anwar Wagdi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Anwar Wagdi Died at 51 (1904-1955) Anwar Wagdy was an Egyptian actor, writer, director and producer.

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Farouk El-Baz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Farouk El-Baz age 79 Farouk El-Baz is an Egyptian American space scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the ...more

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Taher Elgamal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Taher Elgamal age 62 Taher Elgamal is an Egyptian cryptographer. Elgamal is sometimes written as El Gamal or ElGamal, but Elgamal is now preferred. In 1985, Elgamal published a paper titled “A Public key ...more

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Ahmed Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ahmed Ahmed age 47 Ahmed Ahmed is an Egyptian-born American actor and comedian.

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Khaled Hafez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Khaled Hafez age 54 Khaled Hafez is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Nikos Tsiforos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Nikos Tsiforos Died at 61 (1909-1970) Nikos Tsiforos was a Greek screenwriter and film director. He wrote 64 films between 1948 and 1970. He also directed 17 films between 1948 and 1961.

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Gabriel Aghion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Gabriel Aghion age 62 Gabriel Aghion is a French film director and screenwriter. Aghion was born in Alexandria, in Egypt on 30 December 1955. He is out as gay.

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Mustafa Mahmud is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Mustafa Mahmud Died at 88 (1921-2009) Mustafa Kamal Mahmoud Husayn commonly known as Mustafa Mahmud was an Egyptian philosopher and a prolific author. Mustafa Mahmoud was born in Shibin el-Kom, Munufiyya province, Egypt. He was ...more

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Ronald Cohen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ronald Cohen age 72 Sir Ronald Cohen is an Egyptian-born British businessman and political figure, known as "the father of British venture capital" and "the father of social investment".

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Daoud Abdel Sayed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Daoud Abdel Sayed age 71 Daoud Abdel Sayed is an Egyptian director and screenwriter. He was born in Cairo in 1946. He started as the assistant of Youssef Chahine in The Land. He made several critically acclaimed films, ...more

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Ahmed Rashwan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Ahmed Rashwan age 48 Ahmed Rachwan is a film director, screenwriter, film producer and actor.

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Alaa Al Aswany is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Alaa Al Aswany age 60 Alaa Al-Aswany is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya.

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Alain Zaloum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Alain Zaloum age 56 Alain Zaloum is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Barry Trivers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
Barry Trivers Died at 74 (1907-1981) Barry Trivers was a screenwriter.