Writers Famous Writers from Lebanon

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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
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
age 63 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
age 60 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
age 41 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
age 69 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
age 58 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 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
age 44 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 60 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
age 64 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
age 51 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
age 55 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 57 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
age 89 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
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
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
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
age 58 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 59 Carlos Chahine is an actor.

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Danielle Arbid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
age 48 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 37 Ahmad Ghossein is a film director.

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Ali Cherri is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Lebanon
age 42 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 55 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
Died at 81 (1906-1987) Charles Habib Malik was a Lebanese philosopher and diplomat.