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James Toronto

Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Asian and Near Eastern Language

3056 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602



James Toronto is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, teaching courses in religion, humanities, language, and research methodology. He has lived in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan) for ten years teaching in international schools, studying Arabic language and literature, and conducting research on issues of Islamic education, legal status of religious minorities, and LDS missiology. For three years he served as director of the Center for Cultural and Educational Affairs in Amman, Jordan which is operated by the LDS church. 


B.A., Brigham Young University (major in English, minors in history and Italian) M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University (Islamic Studies)


  • Ph.D., Islamic Studies , International Educational Development, Harvard University (1992)
  • M.A., Middle Eastern Studies , Harvard University (1984)
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education Administration , Brigham Young University (1980)
  • B.A., English; minors in History and Italian , Brigham Young University (1975)

Administrative Assignments

  • Center for Cultural and Educational Affairs, Amman, Jordan: Director (1995 - 1998)
  • David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies: Other (Move to BYU Citizenship?) (1989 - 1992)


  • Middle East Studies Association

Professional Citizenship

  • Other, International Center on Law and Religion Studies (2013 - 2013)

Courses Taught


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