Find out more about the greatest Algerians, including Karim Benzema, Sofia Boutella, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida and Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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
(Footballer)

19 December 1987

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
(Dancer, Actress)

06 April 1982

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
(Philosopher)

07 November 1913

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
(Philosopher)

15 July 1930

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika
(Longest Serving President of Algeria)

02 March 1937

Ahmed Ben BellaAhmed Ben Bella
(First President of Algeria)

25 December 1916

Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
(Professor)

05 June 1937

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
(Author)

30 June 1936

Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
(Writer)

13 April 1953

MartiniqueMartinique

Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
(Association football player)

14 August 1984

Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon

MacrinusMacrinus
(Roman emperor)

0165 AD

Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
(Algerian-French footballer)

08 February 1990

Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
(Association football player)

24 November 1994

Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
(Association football player)

26 December 1989

Daniel AuteuilDaniel Auteuil
(Actor, Film director, Theatre director)

24 January 1950

Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
(Prime Minister of Algeria)

02 July 1952

Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
(Prime Minister of Algeria)

02 July 1952

Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
(Association football player)

07 October 1982

Rafik DjebbourRafik Djebbour
(Association football player)

08 March 1984

Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella

Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
(Politician, Military personnel)

14 April 1929

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
(Writer, Novelist)

10 January 1955

Nabil GhilasNabil Ghilas
(Association football player)

20 April 1990

Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
(Association football player)

06 August 1992

Rabah BitatRabah Bitat
(Politician)

19 December 1925

Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
(politician)

23 August 1927

Abdelkader El DjezairiAbdelkader El Djezairi

06 September 1808

Kamel DaoudKamel Daoud

Kateb YacineKateb Yacine
(writer, playwright, journalist)

02 August 1929

Hàm NghiHàm Nghi
(Eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty)

03 August 1971

Ferhat AbbasFerhat Abbas

Mohammed ArkounMohammed Arkoun

Abdelmalek SellalAbdelmalek Sellal
(Politician, Diplomat)

01 August 1948

Boualem SansalBoualem Sansal
(writer, engineer, teacher, business executive)

15 October 1949

Moufdi ZakariaMoufdi Zakaria
(Poet, Writer, Songwriter)

12 June 1908

Monica of HippoMonica of Hippo
(Saint)

0331 AD

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.