Carnegie Mellon University

Anouar Rahmani

Anouar Rahmani

Research Scholar and Fellow in residence at CMU’s Department of Modern Languages and City of Asylum

Education: License in Public Law from University of Morsli Abdallah, Master's in State and Institutional Law from University of Morsli Abdallah


Anouar Rahmani is a writer and human rights defender from Algeria. He is the author of four novels in Arabic, including Hallucinations of Jibril and What God is Hiding from Us. Through his creative writing, journalism, and activism, Anouar advocates for individual freedoms, environmental rights, and the rights of minorities, women, and the LGBT+ community. In 2015, he was the first person to demand same-sex marriage in Algeria publicly.

Anouar holds a License in Public Law and a Master’s in State and Institutional Law from the University of Morsli Abdallah. During the 2019 Algerian Revolution, he composed a new model for the Algerian constitution. Anouar has received support from PEN International during instances of judicial harassment he faced in Algeria due to his activism, novels, and journalism. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards and selected by the German Bundestag’s Protection Program “Parliamentarians for Parliamentarians.”

Anouar Rahmani is an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Modern Languages and City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

  • Human rights
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of religion
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Women's rights
  • History of Algeria
  • Algerian law
  • Revolution in Algeria
  • Creative writing
  • Shortlisted for the Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Awards (2021)
  • Recipient of German Bundestag's Protection Program "Parliamentarians for Parliamentarians" (2021)
  • 2022 Artist Protection Fund Fellowship
  • 2014 - Present: Activist for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, minority rights, same sex marriage, women's rights in Algeria
  • 2017: Proposed a new constitution for Algeria and wrote a new model for family law