Some of the Moroccan writers that you should know about…

Salam dear friends,

Morocco has been a place for talented writers, and poets who inspired people from all over the globe. Here is my list of the top Moroccan writers that you should at least heard about… Enjoy 🙂


Fatema Mernissi


She is a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist… I love this woman 🙂

Among her work: Beyond the Veil—– Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood…

Driss Chraïbi


He was an author whose novels written in French deal with different parts of the Moroccan society ( colonialism, culture clashes, generational conflict…).

Among his work:  The Simple Past—– The Crowd—– and my favorite: La Civilisation, ma Mère!…

David Ben Hassin

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He was a Moroccan Jewish poet. He is considered to be one of the greatest Jewish Moroccan poets.

Among his workTehila le David (“Song of David”)..

Abdallah Laroui 


He is a Moroccan historian and novelist writing in Arabic and French. He is one of the leading intellectual of Morocco.

Among his works  Les Carnets d’Idris —–Le Maroc et Hassan—– Les Origines sociales et culturelles du nationalisme marocain—– L’Exil (The Exile).

Laila Lalami


She is a Moroccan American novelist and essayist… She started writing fiction in 2005… Her work is amazing 😉

 Among her works: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits—– Secret Son

Mohamed Choukri


He was one of Morocco’s most famous 20th century writers. He did not learn how to read or write until the age of 20, and yet he became this famous author ( That’s inspiring 🙂 ).

Among his works: For Bread Alone (al-Khubz al-Hafi)—– The Tent, short stories.

Tahar Ben Jelloun

Tahar Ben Jelloun

He is a Moroccan writer. He was one of the founding members of the magazine Souffle (Breath), a seminal cultural publication that defined the shape and style of Moroccan literary thought.

Among his work:  L’Enfant de Sable—– Solitaire…


Those are just a few of the amazing writers who made an impact on the Moroccan society. Please, read more about them, try to read their books, and find more writers to know about 🙂


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