Bayard Dodge

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Bayard Dodge (1888–1972) was an Islamic scholar and former president of the American University in Beirut. He graduated from Princeton University in 1909.[1] Dodge succeeded his father-in-law, Howard Bliss, as president of the American University in Beirut, then known as the Syrian Protestant College, in 1923.[2] He would serve as president until he retired in 1948; afterwards he taught at several universities.[1] His son, David S. Dodge, would later serve the same role.[3] Dodge wrote a comprehensive history of Al-Azhar Mosque in 1961, a work that remains among the most complete histories of one of the most well known mosques and universities in the Arab world.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bayard Dodge Collection of Photographs of the Middle East". Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division. 
  2. ^ "Bayard Dodge Head of Beirut College". The New York Times Company. 6 October 1922. 
  3. ^ Hijazi, Ihsan (21 July 1982). "Lebanon and P.L.O join in search for American". The New York Times. p. 8. 
  4. ^ Summerfield, Carol; Devine, Mary; Levi, Anthony, eds. (1998), International Dictionary of University Histories, Taylor & Francis, p. 13, ISBN 978-1-884964-23-7