List of Algerians

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Notable Algerians include:


Writers (including poets)[edit]

New media[edit]


Directors and filmmakers[edit]


Leaders and politicians[edit]

Ancient Algeria[edit]


Early Islamic Algeria[edit]

Ottoman Algeria[edit]

Algeria under French colonization[edit]

  • Emir Abdelkader, 19th-century leader of the resistance against French colonisation
  • Hadj Ahmed Bey, last Bey of Constantine; fought the French Army during two sieges in 1836 and 1837
  • Messali Hadj, founder of the first North African and then Algerian Nationalist Parties
  • Lalla Fatma N'Soumer, 19th-century female leader of the Kabyle resistance against the French

Revolutionary War of Independence[edit]

Independent Algeria[edit]


Scientists and philosophers[edit]

Military and intelligence services[edit]

Musicians and singers[edit]




Musiques du monde[edit]




Religious figures[edit]

Scholars and academics[edit]




Association football[edit]

  • William Ayache, footballer
  • Lakhdar Belloumi, footballer; world cup participation in 1982, 1986
  • Zahir Belounis, footballer
  • Abdelaziz Ben Tifour, footballer; one of the founders of the Algerian football team
  • Karim Benzema, French national footballer; parents are Algerian
  • Said Brahimi, footballer; one of the founders of the Algerian football team
  • Ali Fergani, footballer and trainer
  • Rabah Gamouh, international footballer; finished twice as the top scorer of the Algerian Champion at National with 25 goals in 1970/71 and 24 goals in 1971/72
  • Abdelhamid Kermali, footballer; one of the founders of the Algerian football team
  • Mahieddine Khalef, footballer and trainer
  • Rabah Madjer, footballer; two world cup participations with Algeria, European champion with Porto, etc.
  • Rachid Mekhloufi, footballer; one of the founders of the Algerian football team
  • Samir Nasri, French national footballer; parents are Algerian
  • Islam Slimani, Algerian national footballer; His goal against Russia 1-1 (World Cup 2014) made Algeria get into the history of World Cup by arriving to the 2nd tour for the first time ever
  • Karim Ziani , Algerian national footballer; world cup participation in 2010
  • Zinedine Zidane, French national footballer; parents are Algerian




Ice hockey[edit]

Other sports[edit]

  • Ali Boulala, professional skateboarder; Algerian and Swedish descent
  • Sofia Boutella, rhythmic gymnast; in France, appeared in several Nike commercials; model for H&M; French national of Algerian descent
  • Alfred Nakache, Olympian world champion swimmer and water polo player


  • Djamel Beghal, French Algerian convicted of terrorism
  • Abdul Nacer Benbrika, found guilty of being the leader of a terrorist organisation
  • Mokhtar Belmokhtar, sentenced to death for murder and terrorism
  • Slimane Khalfaoui, French-Algerian terrorist convicted of the Strasbourg cathedral bombing plot
  • Ahmed Ressam, Algerian al-Qaeda member convicted of attempting to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve 1999
  • Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, leader of the Algerian Islamic militant group Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb

See also[edit]


  1. ^ fr:Hadj Abderrahmane
  2. ^ "Biographie De Djamel Laroussi". 
  3. ^ Official Website of The Muslim500. http://www.themuslim500com. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ Raïna Raï songs –