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Circulation76,192 (2009)
PublisherDar Assayad
First issue22 November 1943; 75 years ago (1943-11-22)
CompanyDar Assayad
OCLC number473862707

Assayad (meaning Hunter in English) is a weekly Arabic news magazine published in Lebanon. It is the first pan-Arab magazine in the country. Its headquarters is in Beirut.[1]


Assayad was launched by Dar Assayad publishing house led by Said Freiha on 22 November 1943.[2][3] Freiha was an advocate of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptian president.[4] The publishing house also owns other publications including daily Al Anwar.[5][6]

The magazine is based in Beirut[7] and has offices in various cities including Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo, Damascus, Amman, London, and Paris.[8]


Many prominent journalists worked for the magazine: Mustafa Ameen, Nizar Kabbani, Selim El Laouzi, Amin Malouf, Melhem Karam, Said Akl, Nabil Khoury, Hisham Abu Zahr, and Talal Salman.[8] Lebanese caricaturist Pierre Sadek also work in the magazine.[9]

From 1967 to 1979, its editor-in-chief was Palestinian journalist and writer Ghassan Kanafani.[10] As of 2012, the editorial team of the magazine included Raouf Chahour, Rafik Khoury, George Trad and Lima Nabil.[8]

Content and circulation[edit]

The magazine provides news about politics, economy, social affairs in the Arab and international context.[8] In addition, it covers arts, entertainment, and life style topics.[8] The magazine also publishes interviews one of which was with Leila Ben Ali, former first lady of Tunisia.[11]

The 2009 circulation of Assayad was 76,192 copies.[8]

See also[edit]

List of magazines in Lebanon


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  2. ^ "Dar Assayad's Publications". B. Freiha. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Company profile". Dar Assayad. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ Nasser Kalawoun (2 September 2000). The Struggle For Lebanon: A Modern History of Lebanese-Egyptian Relations. I.B.Tauris. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-1-86064-423-8. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Dar Assayad". Kompass. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Lebanon Press". Press Reference. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  7. ^ Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis. 2004. p. 2614. ISBN 978-1-85743-255-8. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Assayad" (PDF). Dar Assayad. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  9. ^ Elie Hajj (26 April 2013). "Pierre Sadek Defended the Right to Criticize Until His Dying Breath". Al Monitor. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  10. ^ Philip Mattar (1 January 2005). Encyclopedia of the Palestinians. Infobase Publishing. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-8160-6986-6. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Mrs. Leila Ben Ali's interview to Lebanese Assayad magazine". Agency Tunis Afrique Press. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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