Bensalem Himmich
Minister of Culture
In office
29 July 2009 – 3 January 2012
MonarchMohammed VI
Prime MinisterAbbas El Fassi
Preceded byTouriya Jabrane
Succeeded byMohamed Amine Sbihi
Personal details
Born (1948-08-13) 13 August 1948 (age 74)
Meknes, Morocco
Political partyUSPFP

Bensalem Himmich (Arabic: بنسالم حميش) (born in 1948 in Meknes)[1] is a Moroccan novelist, poet and philosopher with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris,[2] who teaches at the Mohammed V University, Rabat.[3] He served as Minister of Culture from 29 July 2009 to 3 January 2012.[4][5]


He has published 26 books, both literary and scientific works, in Arabic and French. As a liberal philosopher, Himmich is concerned with matters including ideological education in Islam. He advocates the division of church and state. His creative and academic works are in both Arabic and French and some of his novels have been translated into several languages.[2]

The Egyptian Writers’ Union selected his novel Majnoun Al-Hukm (The Theocrat) as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century, and another novel, Mu’adhdhibati (My Torturess), was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Himmich received the grand award of the French Academy of Toulouse in 2011.[6]

His work deals with the problems and conflicts with which Morocco is faced today.




  1. ^ "Bin-Sālim Ḥimmīš, 1948‒".
  2. ^ a b c d "Bensalem Himmich | International Prize for Arabic Fiction". Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ Simon Gikandi, Encyclopedia of African Literature, ed. Taylor & Francis, 2003 ISBN 978-0-415-23019-3, p. 310
  4. ^ Koné, Ibrahima. "Maroc: Le ministre de la Culture remporte le Prix Najib Mahfouz". Yabiladi. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  5. ^ Harmach, Amine (9 January 2012). "Un scientifique au ministère de la culture". Aujourd'hui Le Maroc (in French). Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Bensalem Himmich". Sheikh Zayed Book Award. 2019.
  7. ^ Al-Ahram 19 - 25 December 2002, Issue No. 617, "Ibn Khaldun resurrected, Amina Elbendary attends the Mahfouz Award Ceremony at AUC" "Al-Ahram Weekly | Culture | Ibn Khaldun resurrected". Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. (retrieved Feb. 15, 2009)
  8. ^ s.r.o, Sabre. "Bensalem Himmich". (in Czech). Retrieved 13 March 2021.