Associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies
Brigham Young University
“Conflict in the Middle East: Current Perspectives”
James A. Toronto, associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies, was formerly a faculty member in the Department of Church History and Doctrine for eight years, teaching courses in comparative world religions. Toronto teaches courses in Islamic religion and humanities. His research and publications are in Islamic education, immigration and integration of Muslim minorities, and the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy and the Middle East. He has lived for five years in Italy and ten years in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan. For four years, he served as assistant director of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU before accepting a three-year assignment as director of BYU’s Center for Cultural and Educational Affairs in Amman, Jordan. Toronto received a BA in English with minors in history and Italian from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD in Islamic and Arabic studies from Harvard University.
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