A move back a bit in time, because I think these news are still relevant and need to be spread. As well many in the west, like myself before some research, might not really be aware what Zanan is or better was – and how sad it is that this magazine, working along the borderline of Islamism and feminism, cannot be published any further. Its loss means that an important possibility for discoursive elaborations for and between muslim and non-muslim women, but as well men interested in the theme is gone.
signandsight.com introduces to the article in Al Ahram Weekly (published in Cairo) as followed:
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Zanan was founded in 1992 by Shahla Sherkat, a seasoned journalist and magazine editor. From 1982 she had served as editor of Zan-e Ruz (Today’s Woman) a publication of the state-run Kayhan publishing house before being pushed out in 1991 along with a number of others. They went on to found and write in independent publications and came to be known as the new religious intellectuals. Sherkat, the only woman among them, had already begun to bristle at Zan-e Ruz ‘s conservative line (that she had been originally hired to develop). By the time of her dismissal she was eager to start her own independent journal on women and gender. She pulled together, marshaled minimal resources, and created Zanan. ….