Famous Egyptian Writers

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 1 Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: August 30, 2006

Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz had previously worked in the Egyptian civil service. Initially a short story writer, he later wrote novels such as Al-Thulāthiyyah, or The Cairo Trilogy. His novel Children of the Alley was banned for its religious references and led him to be stabbed by Islamists.

 2 Andre Aciman

Andre Aciman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

 3 Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
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 4 Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kafr Tahlah, Egypt

 5 Taha Hussein

Taha Hussein
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Famous As: Was one of the most influential 20th-century Egyptian Writers, intellectuals
Birthdate: November 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maghaghah, Egypt
Died: October 28, 1973

 6 Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Yusuf al-Qaradawi
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saft Turab, Egypt

 7 Aḥmad Shawqī

Aḥmad Shawqī
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 17, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: October 14, 1932
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 8 Lactantius

Lactantius
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0240 AD
Birthplace: North Africa
Died: 0320 AD

 9 Callimachus

Callimachus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0310 BC
Birthplace: Cyrene
Died: 0240 BC

 10 Apollonius of Rhodes

Apollonius of Rhodes
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Famous As: Author, best known for the Argonautica, an epic poem about Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece
Birthdate: 0295 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

 11 Ahmed el-Tayeb

Ahmed el-Tayeb
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Famous As: Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher, Translator, Imam
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Luxor

 12 Gaius Julius Hyginus

Gaius Julius Hyginus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0064 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria
Died: 0017 AD

 13 Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm

Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 26, 1987

 14 Hamed Abdel-Samad

Hamed Abdel-Samad
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Giza, Egypt

 15 Nasr Abu Zayd

Nasr Abu Zayd
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: July 5, 2010

 16 Rifa'a al-Tahtawi

Rifa'a al-Tahtawi
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: 1801 AD
Birthplace: Tahta, Egypt
Died: May 27, 1873

 17 Al-Busiri

Al-Busiri
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1211 AD
Birthplace: Beni Suef Governorate, Egypt
Died: 1294 AD

 18 Doria Shafik

Doria Shafik
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: September 20, 1975

 19 Abbas Mahmoud al-Aqqad

Abbas Mahmoud al-Aqqad
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 28, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aswan, Egypt
Died: March 13, 1964

 20 Nonnus

Nonnus
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Famous As: Greek poet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Akhmīm, Egypt

Nonnus, also known as Nonnus of Panopolis, was a Greek epic poet considered the most important of them all from the Imperial Roman era. Nonnus is credited with composing the epic poem Dionysiaca, which is one of the longest surviving works from Greco-Roman antiquity. His works seems to have greatly influenced the poets of Late Antiquity like Musaeus and Colluthus.

 21 Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 22 Tamim al-Barghouti

Tamim al-Barghouti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 23 Yūsuf Idrīs

Yūsuf Idrīs
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ash Sharqia Governorate, Egypt
Died: August 1, 1991

 24 Hafez Ibrahim

Hafez Ibrahim
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 24, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dayrout, Egypt
Died: July 21, 1932

 25 Ibn al-Farid

Ibn al-Farid
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 22, 1181
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: 1234 AD

 26 Ahmed Fouad Negm

Ahmed Fouad Negm
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ash Sharqia Governorate, Egypt
Died: December 3, 2013

 27 Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti

Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 30, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manfalut, Egypt
Died: July 25, 1924

 28 Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed

Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed
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Famous As: Media person
Birthdate: January 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: March 5, 1963

 29 Andrée Chedid

Andrée Chedid
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: February 6, 2011

Born to Lebanese parents in Egypt, Andrée Chedid initially aspired to become a dancer. At 22, she married a physician in Cairo, and they later moved to Paris. Best known for her internationally renowned novel L'Autre, she has also penned several poems, short stories, and children’s tales.

 30 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu

Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: December 13, 1974

 31 Abdel Rahman Badawi

Abdel Rahman Badawi
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 17, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sharabass, Egypt
Died: July 25, 2002

 32 Herodas

Herodas
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Famous As: Greek poet
Birthdate: 0300 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0250 AD

 33 Sonallah Ibrahim

Sonallah Ibrahim
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 34 Amenemope

Amenemope
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1100 AD
Birthplace: -

 35 Ad-Damīrī

Ad-Damīrī
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Famous As: Muslim theologian
Birthdate: 1344 AD
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: October 27, 1405

 36 Gamal al-Ghitani

Gamal al-Ghitani
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sohag Governorate, Egypt
Died: October 18, 2015

 37 Fathi Osman

Fathi Osman
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minya, Egypt
Died: September 11, 2010

Egyptian author and scholar Fathi Osman, who promoted cooperation between Islam and other religions, aimed at making Islamic civilization and culture more understandable to non-Muslims through his writings. His writings include 40 books written in English and Arabic. His monumental work Concepts of the Quran gives an overview of the Quran for the general public.