Hammed Shahidian (1959-2005) Hammed Shahidan's premature death has left us with a total sense of loss; loss of a dear friend, a committed academic, a gentle male soul who dedicated his scholarly and political life to the enhancement of women's rights and feminism. Hammed’s voluminous contribution on the struggle of Iranian women, in general, and secular and leftist women, in particular, was unique and outstanding. He began his research and activism in feminist sociology at a time when ‘feminism’ was going through theoretical turns, which left very little space for the bold and daring scholarship that Hammed was engaged in. As an Iranian male scholar, he took feminism earnestly. Those of us who were in touch with him witnessed his unwavering personal, political, and intellectual commitment to secular feminist scholarship. He did not want to leave this world without finishing his books. His love for life and desire to leave behind critical and emancipatory scholarship will keep his memory alive. Hammed is sadly missed, but his commitment to change the oppressive status quo will inspire generations of women and men.In memory of Hammed and in continuing his scholarship, the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation has established the Hammed Shahidian Critical Feminist Paper at the 2006 IWSF Montreal Conference.