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

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

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

Riyad MahrezRiyad Mahrez
22 February 1991
Association football player
MartiniqueMartinique
 

Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon
20 July 1925
Psychiatrist

Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
14 August 1984
Association football player

Bernard-Henri LévyBernard-Henri Lévy
05 November 1948
Intellectual

MacrinusMacrinus
0165 AD
Roman emperor
Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
24 November 1994
Association football player

Jacques TorresJacques Torres
14 June 1959
Chef

Daniel AuteuilDaniel Auteuil
24 January 1950
Actor, Film director, Theatre director

Cheb MamiCheb Mami
11 July 1966
Musician
Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
26 December 1989
Association football player

Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
08 February 1990
Algerian-French footballer
Jacques RancièreJacques Rancière
10 June 1940
Philosopher

MasinissaMasinissa
0238 AD
King

Elias ZerhouniElias Zerhouni
12 April 1951
Scientist
Ptolemy of MauretaniaPtolemy of Mauretania
0009 AD
King

Emir AbdelkaderEmir Abdelkader
06 September 1808
Military Leader
Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
14 April 1929
Politician, Military personnel

Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
07 October 1982
Association football player

Noureddine MorceliNoureddine Morceli
28 February 1970
Athlete
Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella
 

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Rabah BitatRabah Bitat
19 December 1925
Politician
Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
10 January 1955
Writer, Novelist

Juba I of NumidiaJuba I of Numidia
0085 AD
King

SyphaxSyphax
0250 AD
King

Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia
02 July 1952
Prime Minister of Algeria
Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
06 August 1992
Association football player
Hàm NghiHàm Nghi
03 August 1971
Eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty

Kamel DaoudKamel Daoud
 

Rafik DjebbourRafik Djebbour
08 March 1984
Association football player

Ferhat AbbasFerhat Abbas
 
Lakhdar BrahimiLakhdar Brahimi
01 January 1934
Diplomat

Kateb YacineKateb Yacine
02 August 1929
writer, playwright, journalist

Isaac AlfasiIsaac Alfasi
1013 AD
Rabbi

Messali HadjMessali Hadj
16 May 1898
Politician

Mohammed ArkounMohammed Arkoun
 
Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
23 August 1932
President

Alain MimounAlain Mimoun
01 January 1921
Distance runner
Muhammad ibn Ali as-SenussiMuhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi
1787 AD
Theologian

Nabil GhilasNabil Ghilas
20 April 1990
Association football player

Cheikha RimittiCheikha Rimitti
08 May 1923
Singer
Benyoucef BenkheddaBenyoucef Benkhedda
23 February 1920
Politician

Moufdi ZakariaMoufdi Zakaria
12 June 1908
Poet, Writer, Songwriter
Mouloud MammeriMouloud Mammeri
28 December 1917
Writer

Mohammed DibMohammed Dib
21 July 1920
Author

Abdelmalek SellalAbdelmalek Sellal
01 August 1948
Politician, Diplomat

Mouloud FeraounMouloud Feraoun
08 March 1913
Writer

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

Abbassi MadaniAbbassi Madani
28 February 1931
Politician

Monica of HippoMonica of Hippo
0331 AD
Saint

Alain SavaryAlain Savary
25 April 1918
Politician
Taos AmroucheTaos Amrouche
04 March 1913
Writer

Rachid BoudjedraRachid Boudjedra
05 September 1941
Poet
Jean AmroucheJean Amrouche
07 February 1906
Poet

Malek HaddadMalek Haddad
05 July 1927
Poet

Rachid MimouniRachid Mimouni
20 November 1945
Author
Abdelaziz BelkhademAbdelaziz Belkhadem
08 November 1945
Politician

Jean SénacJean Sénac
29 November 1926
Author
Liamine ZeroualLiamine Zeroual
03 July 1941
Former President of Algeria

Nabile FarèsNabile Farès
25 September 1940
Novelist

Paul RobertPaul Robert
19 October 1910
French lexicographer
Muhammad BoudiafMuhammad Boudiaf
23 June 1919
Politician

Abd al-Mu'minAbd al-Mu'min
1094 AD
Political leader
Henri KréaHenri Kréa
06 November 1933
Author

Lounés MatoubLounés Matoub
24 January 1956
Singer

Mourad BourbouneMourad Bourboune
23 January 1938
Author

'Abd al-Hamid Benhadugah'Abd al-Hamid Benhadugah
09 January 1925
Writer

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.