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Zenith (magazine)

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Categories  Political magazine
Total circulation  10.000
Country  Germany
Frequency  Quarterly
Year founded  1999
Company  Deutscher Levante Verlag

zenith is an independent German magazine which focuses on the Arab and Islamic world.


The German language magazine is published quarterly and addresses politics, economics, culture, and society in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia as well as the Muslim world in general. zenith is independent both financially and contentwise and is published by Deutsche Levante Verlag GmbH in Berlin. The spin doctor behind the magazine is the association "forum zenith e.V.", based in Hamburg, who has as its goal the "advancement of premium-quality journalism". The Editorial Board includes Moritz Behrendt, Asiem El Difraoui, Yasemin Ergin, Daniel Gerlach, Christian Meier, Veit Raßhofer and Jörg Schäffer.


The magazine was founded by students of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Hamburg in the summer of 1999 and was initially a non-profit project. In the meantime, zenith has established a broad network of journalists and expert authors with regular contributors based in Hamburg, Berlin, Beirut, Paris, London, Cairo, Dubai, Jakarta and Tel Aviv.

In October 2012, the German language flagship magazine zenith was relaunched with a new design and it now features an integrated business section. As of spring 2015, the CANDID Foundation took on the editorial responsibility for zenith magazine, in partnership with the publishing house Deutscher Levante Verlag. The CANDID Foundation is also active in organising MENA-focused conferences and producing publications in cooperation with zenith for institutional partners as the Federal Agency for Civic Education

Vision and Structure

In the spring of 2000, the association "forum zenith e.V." was founded. The association was the official publisher of the magazine zenith until 2008. Currently, the association is concentrating on the content of the magazine as well as supporting the professional development of young journalists and photographers. The magazine views itself as a platform for young, critical, alternative journalism on a region whose image in the world is significantly marked by biased and ideologically entrenched reporting.

Today, many former and current contributors of zenith work as foreign correspondents for major German news outlets such as Spiegel Online, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ZDF, DeutschlandRadio, Die Zeit or Die Welt.

zenith is considered to be the most popular, most frequently quoted and widest distributed MENA-focused magazine in the German-speaking world which reporting on the economy, politics, society and culture of the Islamic world, including Israel. Among its media partners are Spiegel Online, Die Welt, brand eins, TEDx, Berlin Goethe Institute, Bertelsmann Foundation and the German UNESCO commission.


Zenith (magazine) Wikipedia

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