Elisabeth Knoblauch grew up in the south of Germany. After residing in the USA and Switzerland she studied Political Science and Islamic Studies/Middle Eastern Studies in Mainz, Damascus and Hamburg. Since 1999 she worked as an editor, later as author for the Middle East Quarterly zenith; until 2005 she was also one of its publishers. Since 2001 she is working in the Political Department of the German Weekly Die ZEIT. She lives in Hamburg with her three children.