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Middle Armenian շահէն (šahēn) is attested the earliest in the 12th century, so it is risky to take it all the way back to Middle Iranian. And none of my sources do. But if شاهین was indeed pronounced /ʃɒːˈhiːn/ in Classical Persian, it cannot have yielded the Middle Armenian word. Middle Iranian origin is corroborated by the given name Շահէն (Šahēn) attested since Old Armenian. --Vahag (talk) 22:57, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes, New Persian form was certainly ʃɒːˈhiːn, since MP [eː] always becomes [iː] before final [n] in NP, and, if it was [eː], it must have been preserved in Hindustani and Tajik, which are respectively šāhīn and шоҳин, so I think we can say it was from Old Armenian, from MIr. --Z 23:34, 3 August 2013 (UTC)