Mohammad Moin

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Mohammad Moin
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Mohammad Moin
Born (1914-06-12)June 12, 1914
Rasht, Iran
Died 1971
Tehran
Nationality Iranian
Notable work(s) Moin Dictionary

Mohammad Moin (Persian: محمد معین‎) (July 12, 1914, Rasht, Iran — July 4, 1971, Tehran, Iran)[1] was a prominent Iranian scholar of Persian literature and Iranian Studies.

Mohammad Moin studied at the Higher Institute of Science in Tehran and obtained his BA in literature and philosophy in 1934. He subsequently went to Belgium and graduated in applied psychology, anthropology and cognitive science under Elmer Knowles. On returning to Iran he carried out his doctoral research under Ebrahim Pourdavoud at the University of Tehran, culminating in a thesis with the title "Mazdayasna and its Influence on Persian Literature" for which he received a PhD with honours in Persian literature and linguistics. He is the first doctoral graduate in Persian literature from the University of Tehran.

He was later appointed full professor at University of Tehran, from which position he was subsequently promoted as Distinguished Professor to the Chair of Literary Criticism and Research in Literary Texts at the same university. He is best known for his famous Moin Dictionary as well as his contributions to The Dehkhoda Dictionary, a work he did in collaboration with Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda himself.

Moin was President of the literature commission of the International Congress of Iranian Studies and Director of the Dehkhoda Dictionary Institute.

Mohammad Moin died in 1971 in Tehran. He is buried in Astaneh Ashrafiyeh, Gilan, Iran. His burial chamber was vandalized in 1981 by vigilantes, thought to be due to Moin's ties to the political elite of the Pahlavi Era.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Letters
  • Tamhour from Academie des Inscriptions
  • Highest medal for Art and Literature form French government
  • Distinguished Professor of Tehran University

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Date of birth July 12, 1914, is according to Professor Moin's own notes. However, some sources indicate April 29, 1918, as the date of birth. The latter date seems somewhat unlikely, since it would imply that he should have obtained his BA at the age of approximately sixteen, requiring his entrance to university at approximately twelve or perhaps fourteen, depending on the duration of the BA course. Increasing these values by four leads to reasonable ages, leading one to consider July 12, 1914, as the correct date of birth.

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