Marsden Jones

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Marsden Jones
Born (1920-12-20)20 December 1920
Three Crosses, Gower
Died 11 June 1992(1992-06-11) (age 71)
Cause of death
Aortic dissection

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.[citation needed]

He received his PhD from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies in 1953 and founded the Center for Arabic Studies at the AUC a decade later.[citation needed]

Jones then sought to make the Center one of excellence for the study of Arabic history, literature, language, art, and architecture.[citation needed] His special interests were early Islam, the early emergence of Islamic institutions, and the study of modern Islamic movements in Egypt. He is reputed[by whom?] for his edition of Al-Waqidi'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.