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

Elia Abu Madi and Daniel Joseph are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Lebanese writers?" and "Which writers are from Lebanon?"

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

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Khalil Gibran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Khalil Gibran Died at 48 (1883-1931) Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League. Born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire, as a young man he ...more

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Elie Samaha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Elie Samaha age 62 Elie Samaha is a nightclub owner, real estate entrepreneur, and film producer in Los Angeles, with production credits beginning with The Immortals in 1995. Samaha has produced over 83 works, ...more

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Arsinée Khanjian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Arsinée Khanjian age 59 Arsinée Khanjian is an Armenian-Canadian actress and producer. In addition to her independent work and stage roles, she is regularly cast by her husband, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, ...more

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Josef Fares is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Josef Fares age 40 Josef Fares is a Crystal-Simorgh winning Swedish film director of Lebanese Assyrian origin. His brother is the actor Fares Fares, who has appeared in many of his films. Josef Fares moved to ...more

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Amin Maalouf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Amin Maalouf age 68 Amin Maalouf is a Lebanese-born French author. Has lived in France since 1976. Although his native language is Arabic, he writes in French, and his works have been translated into many ...more

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Raymond Khoury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Raymond Khoury age 57 Raymond Khoury is a screenwriter and novelist, best known as the author of the 2006 New York Times Bestseller The Last Templar.

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Jihan El-Tahri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
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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Nadine Labaki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Nadine Labaki age 43 Nadine Labaki is a Lebanese actress and director.

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Ghassan Salhab is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Ghassan Salhab age 59 Ghassan Salhab is a Lebanese screenwriter, film director, and producer. Salhab was born in Dakar, Senegal to Lebanese parents. In Addition to making his own films, Salhab collaborates on various ...more

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Carlos Ghosn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Carlos Ghosn age 63 Carlos Ghosn, KBE is a French-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman born in Porto Velho, Brazil, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault, Chairman and CEO of Japan-based Nissan, ...more

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Walid Raad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Walid Raad age 50 Walid Raad is a contemporary media artist. The Atlas Group is a fictional collective, the work of which is produced by Walid Raad. His works to date include video, photography and literary ...more

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Tarek Saab is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Tarek Saab age 54 Tarek William Saab is a Lebanese-Venezuelan politician, lawyer and poet. He is a prominent Latin-Arab human rights activist and a leader of the Fifth Republic Movement party founded by Hugo ...more

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Hany Tamba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Hany Tamba age 56 Hany Tamba is a film director and screenwriter.

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Michael Atiyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Michael Atiyah age 88 Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci FAA, HonFREng is a British mathematician specialising in geometry. Atiyah grew up in Sudan and Egypt and spent most of his academic life in the ...more

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May Ziade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
May Ziade Died at 55 (1886-1941) May Ziade, was a prolific Christian Lebanese-Palestinian poet, essayist and translator. A writer for the Arabic newspapers and periodicals, Ziade also wrote a number of poems and books. She was ...more

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Mikha'il Na'ima is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Mikha'il Na'ima Died at 99 (1889-1988) Mikha'il Na'ima was a Lebanese author and poet of the New York Pen League.

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Joana Hadjithomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Joana Hadjithomas age 46 Joana Hadjithomas is a Lebanese film director, screenwriter and producer. She often collaborates with Khalil Joreige. A Perfect Day is one of their most acclaimed films, and earned them the Don ...more

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Khalil Joreige is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Khalil Joreige age 46 Khalil Joreige is a Lebanese film director, screenwriter and producer. He often collaborates with Joana Hadjithomas, his wife. They teach and contribute to several publications.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Nassim Nicholas Taleb age 57 Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst, whose work focuses on problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The ...more

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Carlos Chahine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Carlos Chahine age 58 Carlos Chahine is an actor.

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Danielle Arbid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Danielle Arbid age 47 Danielle Arbid, born 26 April 1970 in Beirut, is a Lebanese film director. Arbid left Lebanon at the height of the civil war in 1987, at the age of 17, to study literature at a faculty of ...more

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Ahmad Ghossein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Ahmad Ghossein age 36 Ahmad Ghossein is a film director.

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Ali Cherri is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Ali Cherri age 41 Ali Cherri is a film director, designer, film editor and actor.

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Ziad Doueiri is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Ziad Doueiri age 54 Ziad Doueiri is a Lebanese-born cinematographer, film director and writer. He is best known for his award-winning film West Beirut.

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Charles Malik is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Charles Malik Died at 81 (1906-1987) Charles Habib Malik was a Lebanese philosopher and diplomat.

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Charles Elachi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Charles Elachi age 70 Charles Elachi, born April 18, 1947 in Lebanon is the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, California. He has held this position since May 1, 2001 and also holds ...more

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Hisham Bizri is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Hisham Bizri Hisham Bizri is a Lebanese-American filmmaker. He has worked in the US and Hungary with filmmakers Raoul Ruiz and Miklós Jancsó and has made short films in the US, Lebanon, ...more

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Daniel Joseph is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Daniel Joseph age 38 Daniel Joseph is a film director, screenwriter and producer.

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Hoda Barakat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Hoda Barakat age 65 Hoda Barakat is a Lebanese novelist. Barakat lived much of her life in Beirut and later moved to Paris, where she now resides. Her works are originally written in Arabic and have been translated ...more

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Fouad Alaywan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Fouad Alaywan age 53 Fouad Alaywan is a film director and screenwriter.

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Samir Kassir is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Samir Kassir Died at 45 (1960-2005) Samir Kassir was a French-Lebanese professor of history at Saint-Joseph University and journalist.

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Antoine Waked is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Antoine Waked age 35 Antoine Waked is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Fatima Sharafeddine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Fatima Sharafeddine age 51 Fatima Sharafeddine is a writer.

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Edward Atiyah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Edward Atiyah Died at 61 (1903-1964) Edward Selim Atiyah was an Anglo-Lebanese author and political activist. He is best known for his 1946 autobiography An Arab Tells His Story, and his 1955 book The Arabs. He came to England to ...more

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Hashim Sarkis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Hashim Sarkis age 53 Hashim Sarkis is a Lebanese architect.

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Elia Abu Madi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Elia Abu Madi Elia Abu Madi was a Lebanese-American poet.

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Ibn Al-Lahham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Ibn Al-Lahham Died at 49 (1351-1400) Ibn Al-Lahham is an author.

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Ahmad Ali El Zein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Ahmad Ali El Zein age 62 Ahmad Ali El Zein, is a Lebanese novelist, documentary film maker and television journalist. He is best known for his trilogy of novels, Edge of oblivion, Suhbat al-Tayer 2010, and. He lives ...more

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Charles Corm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Charles Corm Died at 69 (1894-1963) Charles Corm was a Lebanese writer, industrialist and philanthropist. He is considered to be the leader of the Phoenicianism movement in Lebanon which ignited a surge of nationalism that led to ...more

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Joumana Haddad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Joumana Haddad age 47 Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women rights activist. She’s been selected as one of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women in March 2014 by CEO magazine Middle ...more

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Antoine Sfeir is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Antoine Sfeir age 69 Antoine Sfeir, is a Franco-Lebanese journalist and a professor. He is the editor of the French journal Les Cahiers de l'Orient, is the president of the Centre d'études et de ...more

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Nadia Tueni is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Nadia Tueni Died at 48 (1935-1983) Nadia Mohammad Hamadeh Tueni was a Lebanese Francophone poet, who authored of numerous volumes of poetry.

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Mansour Eid is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Mansour Eid age 73 Mansour Eid is a Lebanese writer, novelist, researcher and poet.

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Julinda Abu Nasr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
Julinda Abu Nasr Julinda Abu Nasr is a writer.