Mohammad Moin

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Mohamad Moin
Mohamad Moin
Mohamad Moin
Born(1914-06-12)June 12, 1914
Zarjoob, Rasht, Iran
DiedJuly 4, 1971(1971-07-04) (aged 57)
Tehran, Iran
Resting placeAstaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh, Gilan, Iran
OccupationProfessor, University of Tehran
Notable worksMo'in Dictionary
SpouseMahin Amir Jahed

Mohammad Moin (Persian: محمد معین, his surname could also be transliterated as Mo'in) (July 12, 1914, Rasht, Iran – July 4, 1971, Tehran, Iran)[1] was a prominent Iranian scholar of Persian literature and Iranian Studies.

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 honors 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 Mo'in Dictionary as well as his contributions to the Dehkhoda Dictionary.

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

Mohammad Mo'in 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 Mo'in's ties to the political elite of the Pahlavi Era.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Third degree scientific badge in 1316 AH.
  • Second degree scientific badge in 1321
  • Second degree of gratitude badge in 1327.
  • Tamhour Prize from the Académie des Inscriptions in 1321.
  • The highest award of "Art and Literature" by the French government in 1340.

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  1. ^ Date of birth July 12, 1914, is according to Professor Mo'in'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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