Zanan magazine

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"Zanan" redirects here. For Iranian women, see Women in Iran. For the village in Iran, see Zanan, Iran.
first issue
Categories women's magazine
Frequency Monthly
Founder Shahla Sherkat
Year founded 1992
Final issue January 2008
Country Iran
Cover photo of 140th issue

Zanan magazine (ماهنامه زنان, which means Women) was a monthly women's magazine published in Iran.

History and profile[edit]

Zanan was established Shahla Sherkat[1][2] in 1992 as a monthly magazine.[3][4] The monthly focused on the concerns of Iranian women with an Islamic point of view.[4] However, the monthly tested the political waters with its edgy coverage of reform politics, domestic abuse, and sex. Article topics covered controversial issues from domestic abuse to plastic surgery. It argued that gender equality was Islamic and that religious literature had been misread and misappropriated by misogynists. Mehangiz Kar, Shahla Lahiji, and Shahla Sherkat, the editor of Zanan, led the debate on women's rights and demanded reforms. The leadership did not respond but, for the first time since the revolution, it could not silence the movement.[5]

However, at the end of January 2008 the Iranian regime closed the magazine down as a “threat to the psychological security of the society” claiming it showed women in a “black light.”[6] It was the only Persian women's magazine in the country.[7]


  1. ^ Reza Aslan (3 August 2009). "Iran's Most Wanted". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Shahla Sherkat. "Telling the Stories of Iranian Women’s Lives". Nieman Foundation. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Padraig Reidy (January 2008). "Iran: leading women’s magazine shut down". Index. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sarah Ansari,; Vanessa Martin (1 May 2014). Women, Religion and Culture in Iran. Taylor & Francis. p. 170. ISBN 978-1-317-79339-7. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Women's movement: Zanan magazine Iranian
  6. ^ Shutting Down Zanan, New York Times editorial, 7 February 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
  7. ^ IRAN: Zanan, a voice of women, silenced, Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times, 29 January 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.