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Arnold Harrison Green, American history professor. Fulbright fellowship, 1970-1971, 1973-1974. Board directors Cairo American College, Maadi, Egypt, 1982—1985; president Latterday Saints Church, Cairo, 1977—1980, 1983—1985; Member of American History Association, Middle East Studies Association.


Green, Arnold Harrison was born on July 2, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of William Walton and Letha (Harrison) Green.


Associate of Arts, Citrus College, 1959. Bachelor, California State University, Los Angeles, 1965. Master of Arts, Brigham Young University, 1967.

Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973.


He toured Europe for a month after his release in February 1963. Green returned to school in Summer 1963. He earned (1965) a bachelor's degree "with honors" in American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, at a time when anti-Vietnam War protests and civil rights marches were growing on U.S. college campuses.

Green received a scholarship to seek an MA in History at BYU, where he worked as a TA for Professor Richard L. Bushman and where his professors included DeLamar Jensen, Russel B. Swensen, and Hugh Nibley. The latter two formed the advisory committee for his research thesis on "A History of Latter-day Saint Proselytizing Efforts to the Jewish People," a summary article of which appeared in BYU Studies (1968). He received the MA "with distinction" in late Spring 1967.

His professors included Gustave Von Grunebaum, Nikki Keddie, Stanford Shaw, Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid Marsot, P. J. Vatikiotis, Louis J. Cantori, Abdallah Laroui, and Peter Von Sivers. He worked during 1969-70 as a research assistant for Prof. Leo Kuper. A Fulbright-Hayes grant funded 18 months of research in France and Tunisia (1970-72) for the dissertation on "The Tunisian Ulama, 1873-1915: Social Structure and Response to Ideological Currents," which was published by E. J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands).

During 1972-73, while Andrew Sandler was on sabbatical leave, Green replaced him as a visiting professor at the University of Miami (Fla), where he taught courses on the modern Middle East, sub-saharan Africa, and the Jewish experience. In Fall 1973, Green embarked on Fulbright-Hayes post-doctoral research scholarship to North Yemen. They finally reached Yemen, via Rome and Dhahran, a month after leaving Miami.

Living in Ta'izz, Green studied the medieval "university" town of Zabid. ŗat the American University in Cairo. At the AU in Cairo he was director of the center for Arabic Studies. He has served as the head of the BYU Jerusalem Center and as chair of the BYU history department.

Among books by Green are The Tunisian Ulama, 1873-1915 (1978), which is his most widely cited work and In Quest of An Islamic Humanis (1984). His work considering the comparison of Joseph Smith to Mohammad has been often cited.


After one year (1959-60) at Brigham Young University, he served a 2.5-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in France, where his assignments included Nantes, Tours, La Rochelle, Troyes, Chatillon, Reims, and Fontenay-aux-Roses. In the LDS Church Green has served in many callings including as a branch president and a Sunday School president. Besides studies of North Africa and the Middle East, especially their intellectual history, Green has also studied the use of supposed similarities to Islam to attack the Latter-day Saints in 19th Century American thought.


Board directors Cairo American College, Maadi, Egypt, 1982—1985. President Latterday Saints Church, Cairo, 1977—1980, 1983—1985. Member of American History Association, Middle East Studies Association.


  • Other Interests

    Archaeology, gardening, basketball.


Married Lanigene Handy, June 19, 1965. Children: Sarah Elizabeth, Katrina Marie, Joseph Walton, Genevieve.

William Walton Green

Letha (Harrison) Green

Lanigene Handy

Sarah Elizabeth Green

Katrina Marie Green

Joseph Walton Green

Genevieve Green