Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Algeria.

Famous Algerians

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.

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
(Philosopher)

07 November 1913

04 January 1960

Dréan

Scorpio

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
(Philosopher)

15 July 1930

09 October 2004

El Biar, French Algeria

Cancer

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika
(Longest Serving President of Algeria)

02 March 1937

Oujda

Pisces

Ahmed Ben BellaAhmed Ben Bella
(First President of Algeria)

25 December 1916

11 April 2012

Maghnia, Algeria

Capricorn

Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
(Professor)

05 June 1937

Oran

Gemini

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
(Author)

30 June 1936

06 February 2015

Cherchell

Cancer

Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
(Writer)

13 April 1953

Constantine

Aries

MartiniqueMartinique

Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon

Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
(Algerian-French footballer)

08 February 1990

Paris, France

Aquarius

Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
(Association football player)

14 August 1984

Pisa

Leo

Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
(Association football player)

26 December 1989

Levallois-Perret

Capricorn

Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
(Association football player)

24 November 1994

Lille

Sagittarius

Abdelkader El DjezairiAbdelkader El Djezairi

06 September 1808

26 May 1883

Mascara, Algeria

Virgo

Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
(politician)

23 August 1927

27 December 1978

Guelma

Leo

Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
(Politician, Military personnel)

14 April 1929

06 October 2012

Bouteldja

Aries

Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
(Association football player)

06 August 1992

Montreuil

Leo

Rabah BitatRabah Bitat
(Politician)

19 December 1925

10 April 2000

Aïn Kerma

Sagittarius

Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella
Rafik DjebbourRafik Djebbour
(Association football player)

08 March 1984

Grenoble

Pisces

Nabil GhilasNabil Ghilas
(Association football player)

20 April 1990

Marseille

Aries

Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
(Association football player)

07 October 1982

Longvic

Libra

Moufdi ZakariaMoufdi Zakaria
(Poet, Writer, Songwriter)

12 June 1908

17 August 1977

Ghardaia

Gemini

Abdelmalek SellalAbdelmalek Sellal
(Politician, Diplomat)

01 August 1948

Constantine

Leo

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
(Writer, Novelist)

10 January 1955

Kénadsa

Capricorn

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

15 October 1949

Algiers

Libra

Kamel DaoudKamel Daoud

Kateb YacineKateb Yacine
(writer, playwright, journalist)

02 August 1929

28 October 1989

Constantine

Leo

Mohammed ArkounMohammed Arkoun
Ferhat AbbasFerhat Abbas

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.

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