Algeria, the largest country in Africa and the Arab world boasts of a rich cultural heritage as it has known many empires and dynasties in the ancient times, and was once a part of the French colonial empire. Berber King Masinissa who lived in ancient Algeria is still viewed as an icon and an important forefather among modern Berbers. During the Middle Ages, the country was home to many great scholars, saints and sovereigns including Judah Ibn Quraysh, and the great Sufi masters Sidi Boumediene (Abu Madyan) and Sidi El Houari.

Karim BenzemaKarim Benzema
19 December 1987
Footballer
Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982
Dancer

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913
Philosopher & Novelist

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
15 July 1930
Philosopher

Zahia DeharZahia Dehar
25 February 1992
Fashion Designer, Model

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika
02 March 1937
Longest Serving President of Algeria
Ahmed Ben BellaAhmed Ben Bella
25 December 1916
First President of Algeria

Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
05 June 1937
Professor

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
30 June 1936
Author
Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
13 April 1953
Writer

Riyad MahrezRiyad Mahrez
22 February 1991
Association football player
Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
14 August 1984
Association football player

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Jacques AttaliJacques Attali
01 November 1943
Writer

Luca ZidaneLuca Zidane
13 May 1998
Footballer

Saïd BenrahmaSaïd Benrahma
10 August 1995
Football player
Houssem AouarHoussem Aouar
30 June 1998
Football player

Hamza BendelladjHamza Bendelladj
01 January 1988
Computer engineer

Marlene JobertMarlene Jobert
04 November 1940
Actress

Monica of HippoMonica of Hippo
0331 AD
Saint
Islam SlimaniIslam Slimani
18 June 1988
Footballer

Bernard-Henri LévyBernard-Henri Lévy
05 November 1948
Intellectual
KhaledKhaled
29 February 1960
Musician

Jacques TorresJacques Torres
14 June 1959
Chef

Rachid GhezzalRachid Ghezzal
09 May 1992
Football player
Princess Charlotte, Duchess of ValentinoisPrincess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
30 September 1898
Princess

Ismael BennacerIsmael Bennacer
01 December 1997
Footballer
Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
08 February 1990
Algerian-French footballer

Baghdad BounedjahBaghdad Bounedjah
24 November 1991
Football player

Emir AbdelkaderEmir Abdelkader
06 September 1808
Military Leader
Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
24 November 1994
Footballer

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Rayan CherkiRayan Cherki
17 August 2003
Football player
Rayan Aït-NouriRayan Aït-Nouri
06 June 2001
Football player

Rachid TahaRachid Taha
18 September 1958
Singer

Cheb MamiCheb Mami
11 July 1966
Musician

Nicole GarciaNicole Garcia
22 April 1946
Actress
MasinissaMasinissa
0238 AD
King
Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
26 December 1989
Footballer

Ahmad al-BuniAhmad al-Buni
Mathematician

Amine GouiriAmine Gouiri
16 February 2000
Football player

Aissa MandiAissa Mandi
22 October 1991
Association football player
Lyna KhoudriLyna Khoudri
03 October 1992
Actress

Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
23 August 1932
President

Jacques RancièreJacques Rancière
10 June 1940
Philosopher

Reda KatebReda Kateb
27 July 1977
Actor

SoolkingSoolking
10 December 1989
Singer
Alain ChabatAlain Chabat
24 November 1958
Actor

Abdelhamid Ben BadisAbdelhamid Ben Badis
04 December 1889
Educator
Rabah MadjerRabah Madjer
15 December 1958
Football player

Ptolemy of MauretaniaPtolemy of Mauretania
0009 AD
King

Ahmed RessamAhmed Ressam
09 May 1967
Criminal
Kateb YacineKateb Yacine
02 August 1929
writer, playwright, journalist

Elias MahmoudiElias Mahmoudi
14 January 1998
Kickboxer
Adam OunasAdam Ounas
11 November 1996
Football player

Raïs M'BolhiRaïs M'Bolhi
25 April 1986
Football player

Maxime LopezMaxime Lopez
04 December 1997
Football player

RilèsRilès
04 January 1996
Rapper

Djamel BelmadiDjamel Belmadi
25 March 1976
Football player
Ahmad al-TijaniAhmad al-Tijani
1735 AD
Theologian

Abdelaziz DjeradAbdelaziz Djerad
12 February 1954
Politician

Kad MeradKad Merad
27 March 1964
filmmaker

Adil AouchicheAdil Aouchiche
15 July 2002
Football player
Nabilla BenattiaNabilla Benattia
05 February 1992
Model

Youcef AtalYoucef Atal
17 May 1996
Football player
Ishak BelfodilIshak Belfodil
12 January 1992
Football player

Ramy BensebainiRamy Bensebaini
16 April 1995
Football player

Mokhtar BelmokhtarMokhtar Belmokhtar
01 June 1972
Criminal
Farida KhelfaFarida Khelfa
23 May 1960
Filmmaker

Muhammad BoudiafMuhammad Boudiaf
23 June 1919
Politician
Adlène GuediouraAdlène Guedioura
12 November 1985
Football player

Djamel BenlamriDjamel Benlamri
25 December 1989
Football player

Faouzi GhoulamFaouzi Ghoulam
01 February 1991
Football player
Yacine AdliYacine Adli
29 July 2000
Football player

Yasser LarouciYasser Larouci
01 January 2001
Football player
Juba I of NumidiaJuba I of Numidia
0085 AD
King

Yassine BenziaYassine Benzia
08 September 1994
Footballer

Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
07 October 1982
Association football player

Saphir TaïderSaphir Taïder
29 February 1992
Football player
Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
14 April 1929
Politician, Military personnel
Mohamed FarèsMohamed Farès
15 February 1996
Football player

Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella
0360 AD
Prose writer

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
10 January 1955
Writer, Novelist

Hàm NghiHàm Nghi
03 August 1971
Eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty
Mehdi ZerkaneMehdi Zerkane
15 July 1999
Football player

Youcef BelaïliYoucef Belaïli
14 March 1992
Football player

Hillal SoudaniHillal Soudani
25 November 1987
Football player

Elias ZerhouniElias Zerhouni
12 April 1951
Scientist

Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
06 August 1992
Association football player
Lakhdar BrahimiLakhdar Brahimi
01 January 1934
Diplomat

FaudelFaudel
06 June 1978
Singer
Cheb HasniCheb Hasni
01 February 1968
Singer

Lounés MatoubLounés Matoub
24 January 1956
Singer
Catherine DestivelleCatherine Destivelle
24 July 1960
Mountaineer
SyphaxSyphax
0250 AD
King

For a period between the 16th and 19th century, a region of Algeria was partially ruled by Ottomans, and Hayreddin Barbarossa is credited to have played a major role in bringing about Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century. The French invaded Algeria in the 19th century and Algerian military leader Abdelkader ibn Muhieddine led a valiant but unsuccessful struggle against the French colonial invasion. The country finally became independent in mid 20th century with socialist soldier and revolutionary Ahmed Ben Bella taking over as president. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Algerians.