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
06 April 1982
Dancer, Actress

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913
Philosopher

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
15 July 1930
Philosopher

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

Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
13 April 1953
Writer

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
30 June 1936
Author

MartiniqueMartinique
 
Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
14 August 1984
Association football player

Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
08 February 1990
Algerian-French footballer
Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon
 

MacrinusMacrinus
0165 AD
Roman emperor

Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
26 December 1989
Association football player
Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
24 November 1994
Association football player

Daniel AuteuilDaniel Auteuil
24 January 1950
Actor, Film director, Theatre director
Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
02 July 1952
Prime Minister of Algeria

Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
02 July 1952
Prime Minister of Algeria

Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
14 April 1929
Politician, Military personnel
Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
06 August 1992
Association football player

Rabah BitatRabah Bitat
19 December 1925
Politician
Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
07 October 1982
Association football player

Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella
 

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
10 January 1955
Writer, Novelist

Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
23 August 1927
politician
Ferhat AbbasFerhat Abbas
 
Rafik DjebbourRafik Djebbour
08 March 1984
Association football player

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
Nabil GhilasNabil Ghilas
20 April 1990
Association football player

Kamel DaoudKamel Daoud
 

Moufdi ZakariaMoufdi Zakaria
12 June 1908
Poet, Writer, Songwriter

Abdelkader El DjezairiAbdelkader El Djezairi
06 September 1808
 

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Abdelmalek SellalAbdelmalek Sellal
01 August 1948
Politician, Diplomat
Boualem SansalBoualem Sansal
15 October 1949
writer, engineer, teacher, business executive

Monica of HippoMonica of Hippo
0331 AD
Saint

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.