Famous Afghan - Afghan Celebrities

Afghanistan, a landlocked country between South and Central Asia, is amongst the largest and populous countries of the world. With a history dating back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, Afghanistan has since then been home to multiple cultures, traditions, ethnicity and military campaigns. Its strategic location as a crossroads helped this Islamic country build up a multi-ethnic society that has people from diverse cultures and background. The ancient Afghanistan’s turn to modernization began during the 18th century. Afghanistan boasts of a long list of peope who have put in their bit to build a nation rich in culture and heritage. Right from Hamid Karzai who served as the first President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Fatema Akbari who founded the Gulistan Sasaqat Company, the list is endless. Abdul Ahad Mohmand, an astronaut, was the first Afghan and the fourth Muslim to travel in the outer space. In the field of administrative work too, Afghans made a name for themselves. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, once the President of San Jose State University, today serves as the Chief Adviser on Infrastructure and technology to the President of Afghanistan. This section provides you details about the life and works of famous Afghans.

Find out more about the greatest Afghans, including Rumi, Ashraf Ghani, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Hamid Karzai and Mohammad Najibullah.

The Most Famous Afghan

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Ashraf GhaniFebruary 12, 1949AfghanMohammad Ashraf Ghani is an Afghan scholar, politician and the current President of Afghanistan
Hamid KarzaiDecember 24, 1957AfghanHamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan, is known for implementing reforms aimed at bringing about peace and prosperity in the country
RumiSeptember 30, 1207Afghan, TurkishRumi, a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, has worldwide recognition
Mohammed Zahir ShahOctober 15, 1914AfghanMohammed Zahir Shah was the king of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973
Ahmad Shah MassoudSeptember 2, 1953AfghanAhmad Shah Massoud, who was known in his native Afghanistan as the ‘Lion of Panjshir’, was a political and military leader
Mohammad NajibullahAugust 6, 1947AfghanMohammad Najibullah was the President of Afghanistan from 1987 to 1992

Ashraf Ghani

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is an Afghan scholar, politician and the current President of Afghanistan

AfghanFebruary 12, 1949346 views

Ahmad Shah Massoud

Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was known in his native Afghanistan as the ‘Lion of Panjshir’, was a political and military leader

AfghanSeptember 2, 1953199 views

Mohammed Zahir Shah

Mohammed Zahir Shah was the king of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973

AfghanOctober 15, 1914220 views

Mohammad Najibullah

Mohammad Najibullah was the President of Afghanistan from 1987 to 1992

AfghanAugust 6, 1947140 views

Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan, is known for implementing reforms aimed at bringing about peace and prosperity in the country

AfghanDecember 24, 1957285 views

Rumi

Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, has worldwide recognition

AfghanSeptember 30, 1207255 views