|Minister of Culture|
29 July 2009 – 3 January 2012
|Prime Minister||Abbas El Fassi|
|Preceded by||Touriya Jabrane|
|Succeeded by||Mohamed Amine Sbihi|
|Born||13 August 1948|
Bensalem Himmich (Arabic: بنسالم حميش) (born in 1948 in Meknes) is a Moroccan novelist, poet and philosopher with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris, who teaches at the Mohammed V University, Rabat. He served as Minister of Culture from 29 July 2009 to 3 January 2012.
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.
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.
His work deals with the problems and conflicts with which Morocco is faced today.