Writers Famous Writers from Morocco

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

List writers range from Abderrahman El Majdoub to Mohammed al-Harraq al-Alami.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Moroccan writers?" and "Which writers are from Morocco?"

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

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age 47 Gad Elmaleh is a Moroccan Sephardic Jewish stand-up comedian and actor who lives and works in France. He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and ...more

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age 66 Anna Maria Monticelli is an Actress.

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age 74 Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic. He became known for his 1985 novel L’Enfant de Sable. Today he lives ...more

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age 49 Nabil Ayouch is a French television and film director, producer and writer of Moroccan origin.

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Faouzi Bensaïdi age 51 Faouzi Bensaïdi is a Moroccan film director, actor, screenwriter and artist. His film A Thousand Months was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. In ...more

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age 78 Fatema Mernissi is a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist.

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Abdelkebir Khatibi Died at 71 (1938-2009) Abdelkebir Khatibi was a Moroccan literary critic, novelist and playwright. Affected in his late twenties by the rebellious spirit of 1960s counterculture, he challenged in his writings the ...more

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Died at 73 (1304-1377) Ibn Baṭūṭah, or simply Ibn Battuta, was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty ...more

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age 43 Mimoun Oaïssa is a Moroccan-Dutch actor and screenwriter. He graduated from Amsterdam Theatre School in 1999 and followed acting lessons abroad. He was a stage actor from 1998 till 2001 and ...more

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Driss Chraïbi Died at 81 (1926-2007) Driss Chraïbi was a Moroccan author whose novels deal with colonialism, culture clashes, generational conflict and the treatment of women and are often semi-autobiographical. Born in El ...more

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age 50 Laila Lalami is a Moroccan American novelist and essayist.

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Mohamed Asli age 61 Mohamed Asli is a film producer, a film director, and a screenwriter.

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age 74 Ahmed El Maanouni is a screenwriter, film director, cinematographer, actor and producer born in Casablanca. His films include one of the most emblematic title of Moroccan cinema ALYAM ALYAM, ...more

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age 65 Malika Oufkir is a Moroccan Berber writer and former "disappeared". She is the daughter of General Mohamed Oufkir and a cousin of fellow Moroccan writer and actress Leila Shenna. ...more

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age 48 Lelia Kilani is a film producer, a film director and a screenwriter.

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age 64 Édouard Lock is a Canadian dance choreographer and the founder of the Canadian dance group, La La La Human Steps.

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age 78 Emmanuel Hocquard is a French poet.

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age 71 Bensalem Himmich is a novelist, poet and philosopher who teaches at the Mohammed V University, Rabat in Morocco. He has published 26 books, both literary and scientific works, in Arabic and ...more

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Mahi Binebine age 59 Mahi Binebine is a Moroccan painter and novelist born in Marrakech in 1959. Binebine has written six novels which have been translated into various languages. In 1980 Mahi Binebine went to Paris ...more

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Frank Cassenti age 73 Frank Cassenti is a film director and screenwriter.

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age 76 Abdellatif Laâbi is a Moroccan poet, born in 1942 in Fes, Morocco. Laâbi, then teaching French, founded with other poets the artistic journal Souffles, an important literary review ...more

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Hisham lasri age 41 Hisham Lasri is a screenwriter and film director.

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David Shoshan age 64 David Shoshan is a film producer.

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Mohamed Ismail age 67 Mohamed Ismail is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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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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Died at 62 (1099-1161) Abu Abd Allah Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani al-Sabti or simply Al Idrisi was a Muslim geographer, cartographer, Egyptologist and traveller who lived in Sicily, at the court of King ...more

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Mohamed Hamri Died at 68 (1932-2000) Mohamed Hamri, commonly known as Hamri, was a self-described Painter of Morocco. He was a Moroccan painter and author and one of the few Moroccans to participate in the Tangier Beat scene. He ...more

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Hassan Legzouli age 55 Hassan Legzouli is a film director and screenwriter.

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age 85 Abdallah Laroui is a Moroccan historian and novelist writing in Arabic and French. He is considered one of Morocco's leading intellectuals. Laroui taught at the University Mohammed V in Rabat ...more

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Hakim Belabbes Hakim Belabbes is a film director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer and cinematographer.

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Died at 64 (1910-1974) Muhammad Allal al-Fassi, was a Moroccan politician, writer, poet and Islamic scholar.

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age 67 Salim Jay is a Moroccan novelist, essayist and literary critic. He was born in Paris from a Moroccan father and a French mother. He has written about 20 books, numerous essays and more than ...more

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age 65 Abdallah Zrika is one of the most famous poets of Morocco. His poetry is free, based on spoken language and unrivalled in contemporary Arabic literature in its spontaneity. Zrika grew up in the ...more

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Charlotte Szlovak age 68 Charlotte Szlovak is a Jewish, Moroccan-born, French filmmaker.

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Died at 59 (1942-2001) Mohamed Zafzaf was one of the best known Moroccan novelists and poets writing in Arabic.

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Ahmed Sefrioui Died at 89 (1915-2004) Ahmed Sefrioui was a Moroccan novelist and pioneer of Moroccan literature in the French language. He was born in Fes in 1915 of Berber parents. Sefrioui was founder of the Al Batha museum in ...more

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Mohammed Bennis age 70 Mohammed Bennis is a Moroccan poet and one of the most important poets of the Modern Arabic Poetry. He was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1948. He contributes energetically to the modern Arabic poetry ...more

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age 80 Mohammed Berrada, also transliterated Muhammad Baradah, is a Moroccan novelist, literary critic and translator writing in Arabic. He is considered one of Morocco's most important modern authors. ...more

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Mohammed Alami age 53 Mohammed Alami is a professional SEO Expert and Consultant in his own right, an entrepreneur, an engineer, and Master E-Commerce specialist. Mohammed Alami was born on 10 November 1965 in ...more

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age 67 Mohammed Achaari is a Moroccan writer and politician. He was born in 1951 in Moulay Driss Zerhoun. He studied law at the Mohammed V University and graduated in 1976. He published a collection of ...more

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Mohamed Chafik age 92 Mohamed Chafik is a Moroccan writer and specialist in Berber language and literature.

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Mohammed Aziz Lahbabi Died at 71 (1922-1993) Mohammed Aziz Lahbabi was a Moroccan philosopher, novelist and poet writing in Arabic and French. Some of his books were translated into more than 30 languages. Lahbabi studied at the Sorbonne ...more

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Al-Buzidi al-Bujrafi age 93 Al-Yazid al-Buzidi Bujrafi is a prominent Berber Sufi poet and shaykh of the Alawi-Darqawi order, a branch of the Shadhili order. He lives at his Zawiya in Zaghanghan, Nador.

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Mohammed Awzal Died at 78 (1670-1748) Mohammed Awzal, also known as Muhammad ibn Ali Awzal or al-Awzali was a religious Berber poet. He is considered the most important author of the Teshelhit literary tradition. He was born around ...more

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Mohammed Benzakour age 46 Mohammed Benzakour is a Moroccan-Dutch columnist, essayist, poet, writer and politician. He is the third child in a family of five. At age three, he and mother and siblings settle in ...more

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Abdelhadi Said age 44 Abdelhadi Said is a Moroccan poet. His first collection of poems has received the "prix de poésie de l'Union des Écrivains du Maroc" when he was 22 years old. In 2005 he ...more

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Died at 70 (1722-1792) David Ben Hassin is considered to have been one of the greatest Jewish Moroccan poets and one of the best-known figures of Jewish liturgic poetry. His piyyutim were spread through the Sephardic ...more

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Tewfik Allal age 71 Tewfik Allal was born on October 11, 1947, in Oujda in Morocco. He is a writer and a prominent political figure. He is the president of the association Manifeste des libertés. It took a ...more

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Muhammad al-Arabi al-Darqawi Died at 63 (1760-1823) Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Arabi al-Darqawi was a Moroccan Sufi leader of the Shadhili tariqa and the author of letters concerning the dhikr he preached and instructions for daily life. He ...more

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Ahmad Ibn al-Qadi Died at 63 (1553-1616) Abu l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn al-Qadi al-Miknasi was the leading writer from Ahmad al-Mansur's court in Morocco next to Abd al-Aziz al-Fishtali. He was also a renowned judge and ...more