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

Writers here include everything from Ya'qub Bilbul to Hafsa Bekri.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Iraqi writers?" and "Which writers are from Iraq?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Iraq in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Iraq, but they're all of Iraq descent.

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Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Died at 69 (1937-2006) Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath ...more

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Mohamed Al-Daradji is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 40 Mohamed Al-Daradji is an Iraqi Dutch film director. Al-Daradji is a dual Dutch-Iraqi citizen. He studied theatre directing in Baghdad and fled to The Netherlands following the murder of his ...more

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Huner Saleem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 54 Huner Saleem, also transliterated as Huner Salim, is an Iraqi–Kurdish film director. He was born in the town of Aqrah in Iraqi Kurdistan. He left Iraq at the age of 17, and soon made his way to ...more

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David Rabeeya is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 80 David Rabeeya is an Israeli and American author and professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. David Rabeeya is an Iraqi Jew born in Baghdad, Iraq. He and his family later moved to Israel in about ...more

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Haider Rashid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Haider Rashid age 33 Haider Rashid is an Iraqi–Italian director, producer and writer.

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Heather Raffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 48 Heather Raffo is a Lucille Lortel Award-winning Iraqi American playwright and actress, best known for her leading role in the one-woman play 9 Parts of Desire.

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Joe Balass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Joe Balass age 52 Joe Balass is an Iraqi Canadian film maker. Of Jewish heritage, Balass is most known for Nana, George and Me, which is an autobiographical video by a young, gay Iraqi Jewish filmmaker who takes ...more

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Ya'qub Bilbul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Died at 83 (1920-2003) Ya'qub Bilbul was an Iraqi Jewish writer. His literary works were published in Arabic, and he achieved recognition as early as 1936 after publishing an article in the Iraqi journal, Al-Hatif. ...more

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Latif Yahia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 54 Latif Yahia is a screenwriter.

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Shawkat Amin Korki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Shawkat Amin Korki age 45 Shawkat Amin Korki is a film director, producer and writer.

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Adnan Pachachi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 95 Adnan al-Pachachi or Adnan Muzahim Ameen al-Pachachi is a veteran Iraqi politician and diplomat. Pachachi was Iraq's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1959 to 1965 and Foreign ...more

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Alia Mamdouh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 74 Alia Mamdouh also spelled Aliyah Mamduh is an Iraqi novelist, author and journalist living in exile in Paris, France. She won the 2004 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel The Loved ...more

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Koutaiba Al Janabi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Koutaiba Al Janabi Koutaiba Al Janabi is a British-based Iraqi filmmaker, director and photographer born in Baghdad, who documented Wasteland: Between London and Baghdad and the 2010 award-winning film, Leaving

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Badr Shakir al-Sayyab is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Badr Shakir al-Sayyab Died at 38 (1926-1964) Badr Shakir al Sayyab was an Iraqi and Arab poet. Born in Jekor, a town south of Basra in Iraq, he was the eldest child of a date grower and shepherd. He graduated from the Higher teachers ...more

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Kamiran Betasi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Kamiran Betasi age 46 Kamiran Betasi is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Haifa Zangana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 68 Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi novelist, author, artist, and political activist, best known for writing Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London. Haifa grew up in Baghdad and graduated from ...more

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Ja'far 'Abd Al-Hamid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Ja'far 'Abd Al-Hamid is an Iraqi British filmmaker of "Mesocafe". Born in Iraq, Ja'far and his family moved to other parts of the Arab world before settling in London in the mid-1980s. ...more

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Charles Saatchi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 75 Charles Saatchi is a British businessman and the co-founder with his brother Maurice of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The brothers led the business – the world's largest advertising ...more

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Dunya Mikhail is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 53 Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi poet based in the United States.

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Naïm Kattan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 90 Naïm Kattan, OC CQ FRSC is a Canadian novelist, essayist and critic of Iraqi Jewish origin. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he studied at the University of Baghdad from 1945 until 1947 and at the ...more

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Abū Ḥanīfa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Died at 68 (699-767) Nuʿmān ibn Thābit ibn Zūṭā ibn Marzubān, also known as Imam Abū Ḥanīfah, was the founder of the Sunni Hanafi school of fiqh. He is also considered a renowned Islamic scholar and personality by ...more

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Hafsa Bekri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Hafsa Bekri-Lamrani is a poet and writer of a book of short stories, Jellabiates. She published: Tendresse et autres lumières and Sparks of Life, two collections of poetry at Aïni ...more

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Saadi Yousef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 84 Saadi Yousef is an Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist. He has published thirty volumes of poetry and seven books of prose.

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Taufiq Wahby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Taufiq Wahby Died at 93 (1891-1984) Taufiq Wahby was a prominent Kurdish writer, linguist and politician. He first served in the Ottoman army as a colonel, but after the creation of Iraq by the British in 1920, he became an ...more

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Ahmad ibn Hanbal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Ahmad ibn Hanbal Died at 75 (780-855) Aḥmad bin Muḥammad bin Ḥanbal Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Shaybānī was an important Muslim scholar and theologian. He is considered the founder of the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence. Ibn Hanbal ...more

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Nazik Al-Malaika is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Died at 84 (1923-2007) Nazik Al-Malaika, Al-Malaika in English: Angels, she was an Iraqi female poet and is considered by many to be one of the most influential contemporary Iraqi female poets. Al-Malaika is famous as ...more

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Georges Sada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Georges Sada age 79 General Georges Hormiz Sada is an Iraqi of ethnic Assyrian descent, an author, former Iraqi National Security Advisor and retired general officer of the Iraqi Air Force.

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Abdul Rahman Munif is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Died at 71 (1933-2004) Abdel Rahman Munif was a Jordanian-born Saudi novelist. His novels include strong political elements and parodies of the Middle Eastern elite class. His work so offended the rulers of Saudi ...more

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Farrah Sarafa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Farrah Sarafa is an American living in Manhattan most known for her work as a poet. She also works as a translator, writer, and professor. Sarafa was the recipient of a SLS Summer Writing ...more

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Ibn Sirin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Ibn Sirin Muhammad Ibn Sirin was a Muslim interpreter of dreams who lived in the 8th century. He was a contemporary of Anas ibn Malik.

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Adnan Al-Sayegh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 63 Adnan al-Sayegh, "is one of the most original voices from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the Eighties Movement. His poetry, crafted with elegance, and sharp as an arrowhead, carries ...more

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Nadje Sadig Al-Ali is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Nadje Sadig Al-Ali Nadje Sadig Al-Ali is the author of Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present. and co-author with Nicola Pratt of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq. Born to an ...more

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Husain al-Radi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Husain al-Radi Died at 39 (1924-1963) Husain Ar-Radi, also known as Hashiim, 'Ammar, and Salam Adil, was an Iraqi communist politician as well as a poet and painter. He was the leader of the Iraqi Communist Party from 1955 until his ...more

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Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi Died at 73 (1863-1936) Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi was a prominent Iraqi poet and philosopher. He is regarded as one of the greatest contemporary poets of the Arab world and was known for his defense of women's rights.

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Khalid al-Maaly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Khalid al-Maaly age 62 Khalid al-Maaly, born in as-Samawa, Iraq in 1956 is a leading Arab writer, poet and publisher.

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Daisy Al-Amir is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 83 Daisy Al Amir or often referred to as simply Dayzi Amir is an Iraqi writer, poet and novelist. She is author of The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation has renowned her as one of ...more

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Muhsin al-Ramli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Muhsin al-Ramli age 51 Muhsin Al-Ramli is an expatriate Iraqi writer living in Madrid, Spain since 1995. Doctorate in Philosophy and Letters, Spanish Philology. Universidad Autónoma of Madrid 2003, thesis ...more

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Ahmed Al-Gubbanchi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
age 60 Ahmed Hasan Ali Al-Gubbanchi is an Iraqi liberal Muslim intellectual, born in Najaf in 1958, who focuses on developing a "Civil Islam" which is consistent with human rights, justice ...more

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Rachel Wahba is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Rachel Wahba Rachel Wahba is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and in Marin County. She is also a published author of several anthologies relating to being a Mizrahi/Sephardi Jew of ...more

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Leilah Nadir is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Leilah Nadir Leilah Nadir is an Iraqi Canadian novelist and writer. Born to an ethnic Assyrian Iraqi Christian father and an English mother, she was raised in Britain and Canada. Nadir holds a Master's ...more

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Gassan Hamdan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Gassan Hamdan Gassan Hamdan is an Iraqi scholar, poet and translator. He is noted for having translated poems of legendary poets such as Rumi, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri and Ahmad Shamlou into the ...more

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Sami Michael is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Iraq
Sami Michael age 92 Sami Michael is an Israeli author. Since 2001, Michael has been the President of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Michael was among the first in Israel to call for the creation of an ...more