Mohammad Moin

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Mohamad Moin
Born(1914-06-12)June 12, 1914
Rasht, Iran
DiedJuly 4, 1971(1971-07-04) (aged 57)
Nationality Iranian
Notable works Mo'in Dictionary

Mohammad Moin (Persian : Mohamad Moin, also his surname could 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.

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is a pluricentric language primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

Rasht City in Gilan, Iran

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Iran Country in Western Asia

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Mohamad 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.

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Literature written work of art

Literature, most generically, is any body of written works. More restrictively, literature refers to writing considered to be an art form or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, often due to deploying language in ways that differ from ordinary usage.

Philosophy intellectual and/or logical study of general and fundamental problems

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved. The term was probably coined by Pythagoras. Philosophical methods include questioning, critical discussion, rational argument, and systematic presentation. Classic philosophical questions include: Is it possible to know anything and to prove it? What is most real? Philosophers also pose more practical and concrete questions such as: Is there a best way to live? Is it better to be just or unjust? Do humans have free will?

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 , a work he did in collaboration with Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda himself.

Dehkhoda Dictionary dictionary

The Dehkhoda Dictionary is the largest comprehensive Persian dictionary ever published, comprising 16 volumes. It is published by the Tehran University Press (UTP) under the supervision of the Dehkhoda Dictionary Institute. It traces the historical development of the Persian language, providing a comprehensive resource to scholars and academic researchers, as well as describing usage in its many variations throughout the world.

Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda Lexicographer, Linguist and Satirist

Allameh Ali Akbar Dehkhodā was a prominent Iranian linguist. He was also the author of Dehkhoda dictionary, the most extensive dictionary of the Persian language published to date.

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.

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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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