Farzaneh Journal began its publication in Iran, in the Autumn of 1993. When this Journal commenced, the Women's Studies course had not yet been designed in Iran, and there were no other academic women's research magazines in Iran. In that time, the main objective was to create grounds for debate on women's issues and to draw the attention of researchers to focus and conduct research on women related issues. Drawing on religious perspectives and debates, this bilingual Journal has also devoted its attention to Islamic views and the conditions of women in Muslim societies. Since 1995, when the directors of Farzaneh were involved in the national process of Beijing 5 th World Conference on Women, they modified their focus to include development (gender mainstreaming in development) in Iran as well as the region.
Farzaneh endeavors to bring together the works of researchers on women's issues and publish their work, to contribute to the exsiting literature on women's issues, as well as to shape a network of researchers on women's studies. Farzaneh also pays attention to the challenges between universalism and cultural diversity.
Despite the fact that Farzaneh has relations with non-governmental organizations, academic circles, and civil society organizations in Iran and other countries, it is an independent journal.
The Editorial Board welcomes contributions relevant to the scope of the Journal . All contributions are subject to a peer review process.