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
Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
15 July 1930

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

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
30 June 1936

Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
13 April 1953

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

Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon

0165 AD
Roman emperor
Jacques TorresJacques Torres
14 June 1959

Bernard-Henri LévyBernard-Henri Lévy
05 November 1948
Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
26 December 1989
Association football player

Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
08 February 1990
Algerian-French footballer

Daniel AuteuilDaniel Auteuil
24 January 1950
Actor, Film director, Theatre director
Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
24 November 1994
Association football player

Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
06 August 1992
Association football player
Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
02 July 1952
Prime Minister of Algeria

Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
02 July 1952
Prime Minister of Algeria

Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
07 October 1982
Association football player

Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
14 April 1929
Politician, Military personnel
Rabah BitatRabah Bitat
19 December 1925
Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
10 January 1955
Writer, Novelist

Rafik DjebbourRafik Djebbour
08 March 1984
Association football player

Ferhat AbbasFerhat Abbas
Nabil GhilasNabil Ghilas
20 April 1990
Association football player

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Mohammed ArkounMohammed Arkoun

Hàm NghiHàm Nghi
03 August 1971
Eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty

Kateb YacineKateb Yacine
02 August 1929
writer, playwright, journalist

Kamel DaoudKamel Daoud
Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
23 August 1927

Moufdi ZakariaMoufdi Zakaria
12 June 1908
Poet, Writer, Songwriter
Abdelkader El DjezairiAbdelkader El Djezairi
06 September 1808

Abdelmalek SellalAbdelmalek Sellal
01 August 1948
Politician, Diplomat

Boualem SansalBoualem Sansal
15 October 1949
writer, engineer, teacher, business executive
29 February 1960

Monica of HippoMonica of Hippo
0331 AD
Liamine ZeroualLiamine Zeroual
03 July 1941
Former President of Algeria

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.