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Famous Writers from Egypt

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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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  • 1
    Naguib Mahfouz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Naguib Mahfouz

    Dec. at 95 (1911-2006)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

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

    Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian Arabic: نجيب محفوظ‎, romanized: Nagīb Maḥfūẓ, IPA: [næˈɡiːb... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Ahdaf Soueif is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Omar Sharif is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityFrance, 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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityCanada, 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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Julian Fellowes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Youssef Chahine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Youssef Chahine

    Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Taha Hussein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Taha Hussein

    Dec. at 84 (1889-1973)

    BirthplaceMinya Governorate, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Guy Magar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Guy Magar

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

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

    Guy Magar is a film director.
  • 9
    Zahi Hawass is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceDamietta, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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, ... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Mahmoud el-Meliguy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Mahmoud el-Meliguy

    Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    Mahmoud el-Meliguy (Egyptian Arabic: محمود المليجي‎, Maḥmoūd el-Meleygī; 22 December 1910 – 6... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Ezzel Dine Zulficar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Ezzel Dine Zulficar

    Dec. at 44 (1919-1963)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    WorksSalladin the Victorious

    Ezzel Dine Zulficar (Arabic: عزالدين ذو الفقار‎, ‘Ezz ad-Dīne Zū al-Fiqār; October 28, 1919 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Jehane Noujaim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    NationalityEgypt, United States of America

    WorksControl Room, Startup.com

    Jehane Noujaim (Egyptian Arabic: چيهان نچيم‎, IPA: [ʒeˈhæːn nʊˈʒeːm]) (born May 17, 1974) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Salah Jahin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Salah Jahin

    Dec. at 56 (1930-1986)

    BirthplaceShubra, Cairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jihan El-Tahri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt
    Jihan El-Tahri (Arabic: ﺟﻬﺎﻥ ﺍلطاهري‎; born in Beirut, Lebanon) is a writer, director and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Henry Barakat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Henry Barakat

    Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    WorksHassan and Nayima

    Henry Barakat (Arabic: هنري بركات‎, 11 June 1914, Cairo – 27 May 1997, Cairo) was one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Sam Karmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplacePort Said, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    WorksTrue Enough, Nickel and Dime

    Sam Karmann is an actor, screenwriter and film and television director.
  • 17
    Naguib el-Rihani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Naguib el-Rihani

    Dec. at 60 (1889-1949)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Riccardo Freda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Riccardo Freda

    Dec. at 90 (1909-1999)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityItaly, 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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Amr Diab is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Amr Diab

    Age: 58

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

    NationalityEgypt

    Amr Diab (Egyptian Arabic: عمروْ دِياب‎; born October 11, 1961) is an Egyptian vocalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Salah Abu Seif is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Salah Abu Seif

    Dec. at 81 (1915-1996)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    WorksBidaya wa Nihaya, The Tough

    Salah Abu Seif (Arabic: صلاح أبو سيف‎, Ṣalāḥ Abū Sayf) (May 10, 1915 – June 23, 1996) was one... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Ahmed Zewail is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceDamanhur, Egypt

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt

    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];... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Ahmed Mekky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    NationalityAlgeria, Egypt

    WorksTeer Enta

    Ahmed Mekky (Arabic: أحمد مكي‎) is an Algerian born Egyptian actor, writer, director and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Boutros Boutros-Ghali is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Eric Hobsbawm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    Eric Hobsbawm

    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Mohamed Khan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Egypt

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    WorksDreams of Hind and Camilia

    Mohamed Hamed Hassan Khan (Egyptian Arabic: محمد حامد حسن خان‎ pronounced [mæˈħæmmæd ˈħæːmed... more on Wikipedia
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