You have the special English edition
of Medusa in your hand. A few words about Medusa and this issue
are necessary. Medusa Is the journal of Centre for Women and Socialism,
which was first, published in 1998. Some left activists occupied
with the women’s issues and rights who had fled the oppression and
persecution of political Islam and Islamic Republic in Iran established
the centre. We decided to give a more clear and pronounced voice
to our trend and our point of view in the women’s liberation movement,
thus Medusa was published.
Medusa has given voice to radical trend in women’s liberation
movement with a special focus on political Islam and the plight
of women in the Middle East in general, and Iran in particular.
Medusa has advocated unconditional freedom of women and total equality
of the sexes, secularism, and a society where all citizens are free
and equal regardless of their gender, race, nationality, and religion.
Our activities are diverse and international. Medusa’s contributors
are mainly from Iran but are in the foreground of civil rights and
women’s liberation movements in their adopted countries.
The issues we deal with, especially political Islam are burning
international issues. Our stance vis a vis political Islam has been
received warmly and with great interest by progressive, and freedom
loving people. We saw it as our duty to publish a special issue
in English to reach as many readers as possible to familiarize them
with our point of view, our trend and ask them for their support
and solidarity in this immense task we have before us, to work to
bring a more just, and a liberated society in Iran and the Middle
East, and to help women and young girls in the Islamist communities
in the West to enjoy a freer life. In this issue you read articles
of an analytical and theoretical nature about political Islam and
its role in oppressing women, and cultural relativism. You will
also read about the diverse activities led by our colleagues in
the West, particularly in Scandinavia.
In this issue we have also paid tribute to Mansoor Hekmat, the
great Marxist thinker and the leader of worker-communist movement,
who passed away on 4th of July 2002 after a yearlong battle against
cancer. This tribute is to commemorate the life of a person without
whom this movement would not have taken the shape and momentum it