A LIST OF EGYPTIAN WOMEN WRITERS FROM THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY UNTIL PRESENT

Below is a list of women writers who were born in Egypt or whose writings are closely associated with the country, since the eighteenth century until present (organized by the author’s last name).

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A

  • Ghada Abdel Aal (born in 1978), blogger, newspaper and magazine columnist, and screenwriter
  • Basma Abdel Aziz (born in 1976), writer, psychiatrist, visual artist and human rights activist
  • Randa Abdel-Fattah (born in 1976), novelist, lawyer, and human rights advocate
  • Aisha Abd al-Rahman (1913–1998), novelist, biographer, critic, and educator
  • Noor Abdel Maguid (active since 2010), novelist and scriptwriter
  • Hadeel Abdelsalam (active since 2011), writer, pharmacist, poet and blogger
  • Samah Abou Bakr (active since 2005), children’s author and writer
  • Leila Ahmed (born in 1940), professor and writer
  • Dina Al-Mahdy (active since 2010), writer, translator, editor and blogger
  • Radwa Ashour (1946–2014), professor and novelist
  • Lina Attalah (active since 2004), journalist and newspaper editor
  • Celine Axelos (1902–1992), poet and columnist

B

D

  • Qut al Qulub al Demerdashiyya (1892–1968), novelist

E

  • Soheir El-Calamawy (1911–1997), short story writer, literary critic, and novelist
  • Mansoura Ez-Eldin (born in 1976), novelist and journalist
  • Fathia El-Assal (1933–2014), writer and playwright
  • Rania El Bishbishy (active since 2015), writer
  • Sahar El-Nadi (active since 2010), author, wellness mentor, instructor, speaker, blogger and photographer.
  • Nourhane AbdelRahman El Rachidy (active since 2014), writer

F

  • Safaa Fathy (born in 1958), poet, filmmaker, playwright, and essayist
  • Sikeina Foad (1945–2004), journalist and novelist

G

  • Noura Gamal (active since 2017), novelist
  • Shaymaa ElGammal (active since 2011), writer, editor and life coach
  • Hadil Ghoneim (active since 2006), essayist, author of young adult and children’s books
  • Marwa Gohar, (active since 2013) writer and novelist

H

  • Sherine Hanaay (active since 2011), animation director, scriptwriter, novelist and translator.
  • Sarah Hagrass (active since 2016), scriptwriter and writer.
  • Mai Hawas (active since 2005), writer
  • Mirna El Helbawi (active since 2018), journalist, radio broadcaster, and novelist
  • Reham Helmy (active since 2012), emotional intelligence, parenting and relationships consultant, researcher, writer, editor and life coach.
  • Rania Hussein Amin (born in 1965), children’s author, illustrator and novelist

J

  • Randa Jarrar (born in 1978), writer and translator.

K

  • Jacqueline Kahanoff (1917–1979), novelist, essayist, and journalist
  • Ghada Karim (active since 2016), writer and columnist
  • May Kahled (active since 1998), novelist, writer, radio broadcaster and translator
  • Sabah Khodir (active since 2016), writer and poet
  • Alexandra Kinias (active since 1998), screenplay writer, novelist and women rights advocate.

L

  • Mona Lamloum (active since 2016), children’s author and relationship consultant

M

  • Sabrina Mahfouz (active since 2014), poet, playwright, performer and writer
  • Mother Irini (died in 2006), abbess and religious writer
  • Donia Maher (born in 1979), artist and writer
  • Samia Mehrez (active since 1985), professor, researcher and writer.
  • Iman Mersal (born in 1966), poet
  • Zeinab Mobarak (active since 1997), fiction and play-writer, lyricist and translator
  • Sahar El-Mougy (born in 1963), professor, novelist and writer
  • Darine Elmoslemany (active since 2019), writer

N

  • Saiza Nabarawi (1897–1985), journalist, newspaper editor, feminist
  • Mona Elnamoury (active since 2011), university teacher, literary critic, creative writer and literary translator
  • Iris Nazmy, writer, journalist, film critic
  • Amira Nowaira (active since the 1990s), educator, translator, non-fiction writer

R

  • Marwa Rakha (born in 1978), relationship and dating writer
  • Somaya Ramadan (born 1951), short story writer, novelist, translator, educator
  • Alifa Rifaat (1930–1996), short story writer, novelist
  • Marwa Rouchdy (active since 2017), writing therapist and writer
  • Myriam Rizkallah (active since 2010), editor, translator and writer.

S

  • Nawal El Saadawi (born in 1931), feminist writer, novelist, playwright, psychiatrist
  • Arwa Saleh (1951–1997), feminist activist and student leader
  • Rasha Samir (active since 2001), novelist and journalist
  • Heba Sawwah (active since 2017), writer
  • Samah Selim (born in 1950), writer, scholar and translator
  • Huda Sha’arawi (1879–1947), writer, feminist leader, nationalist, and founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union
  • Magda Shafea (born in 1950), novelist and writer
  • Rania Shoukry (active since 2014), psychological therapist and writer.
  • Ahdaf Soueif (born in 1950), novelist and political and cultural commentator
  • Rasha Sonbol (active since 2011), children’s author

T

  • Miral al-Tahawy (active since 1995), novelist, short story writer
  • Galila Tamarhan (died in 1863), early female contributor to medical journals
  • Aisha Taymur (1840–1902), poet, novelist, feminist
  • May Telmissany (born in 1965), Egyptian-Canadian novelist, translator, film critic, educator
  • Munira Thabit (1902–1967), journalist, non-fiction writer, memoirist
  • Yasmin Thabet (born in 1987), poet and novelist

Y

  • Lucy Yacoub (1935–2012), a writer and translator of more than 120 books.
  • Essad Younis (born in 1950), actress, TV host, producer, scriptwriter, and author
  • Rose al Yusuf (1898–1958), actress, journalist

Z

  • Sarah El-Zahaby (active since 2016), writer
  • Amina Zaydan (born in 1966), novelist, short story writer
  • Latifa al-Zayyat (1923–1996), activist and writer.

Photo credit: Women of Egypt Magazine

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