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Mirza Hasan Rushdiyh – the father of modern Persian education
(contributed by Ahang Rabbani)
Mirza Hasan was born on 5 July 1851 in Tabriz, which one year earlier had seen the tumult associated with the execution of the Bab and which had emerged as a stronghold of Shaykhi faction of the Twelver Shiites. As a young seminarian, he studied the principles of Shiite religion and theology, and soon learned basic Persian and Arabic, though his main language continued to be his mother tongue, Azeri. His early plans to go to Najaf to study with religious masters did not seem so attractive after Mirza Hasan read about the hardships of education in the Persian language in the Akhtar newspaper and he soon abandoned those plans.