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John Marsden Beaumont Jones
(20 December 1920 – 11 June 1992), known as Marsden Jones
, was an emeritus professor and the founder and first director of the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo is an independent, non-profit, apolitical, secular institution of higher learning located in Cairo, Egypt...
He received his PhD from the University of London
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...
's School of Oriental and African Studies
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in 1953 and founded the Center for Arabic Studies at the AUC a decade later.
Jones then sought to make the Center one of excellence for the study of Arabic history, literature, language, art, and architecture. His special interests were early Islam, the early emergence of Islamic institutions, and the study of modern Islamic movements in Egypt. He is reputed for his edition of Al-Waqidi
Abu `Abdullah Muhammad Ibn ‘Omar Ibn Waqid al-Aslami , commonly referred to as al-Waqidi , was an early Muslim historian.He was born and educated in Medina...
's Kitab Al Maghazi and his work on early sira literature, and he helped publish a series of volumes in Arabic on Leaders of Contemporary Literature in Egypt.
He was the brother-in-law of Sir Philip Jones
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