Daniel C. Peterson

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Daniel C. Peterson is the professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University (BYU).

Background[edit]

A native of southern California, Peterson received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Peterson is currently a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, where he teaches Arabic language and literature at all levels, Islamic philosophy, Islamic culture and civilization, Islamic religion, the Qur'an, the introductory and senior "capstone" courses for Middle Eastern Studies majors, and various other occasional, specialized classes. He has authored several books and numerous articles on Islamic and Latter-day Saint topics. He also currently serves as editor-in-chief of BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative.[1]

He has served in various capacities including chairman of the board for what is now known as BYU's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of BYU's four-part Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which includes not only the Islamic Translation Series but three sister series: the Medical Works of Moses Maimonides, Eastern Christian Texts, and the Library of the Christian East. In 2007, in recognition of his establishment of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, Peterson was named a Utah Academy Fellow and declared a lifetime member of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.[2]

Peterson is also known for his work as an apologist and scholar on subjects dealing with claims of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), of which he is a member. He is the former editor of the FARMS Review (now the Mormon Studies Review), a periodical produced by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. The institute released him in June of 2012.[3][4] Peterson is also a regular participant in online fora about Mormonism where he discusses the LDS faith and its apologetics.[5] One of his projects has been the development of a website featuring the testimonies of LDS scholars.[6] Peterson is the first and current editor of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.[4]

Peterson served a mission in the Switzerland Zurich Mission. He served on the LDS Church's Gospel Doctrine Committee and was a bishop in the church.[7]

Peterson and his wife, the former Deborah Stephens, have three sons.

Publications[edit]

  • Peterson, Daniel C. (2007), Muhammad, Prophet of God, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, ISBN 0-8028-0754-2 .
  • ——; Ricks, Stephen D. (1998), Offenders for a Word, Foundation for Ancient Research & Mormon Studies, ISBN 0-934893-35-7 .

References[edit]

  1. ^ Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. "METI Editors" (web page). Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  2. ^ Peterson, Daniel C. "Daniel C. Peterson Testimony". Mormon Scholars Testify. Retrieved 30 October 2013. [better source needed]
  3. ^ Berman,, Timothy (June 22, 2012). "Professor Daniel C. Peterson is dismissed as editor of Mormon Studies Review". Marysville LDS Church Examiner (Examiner.com). 
  4. ^ a b Stack, Peggy Fletcher (April 25, 2013). "Professor Daniel C. Peterson is dismissed as editor of Mormon Studies Review" (web page). The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Mormon Discussions". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mormon Scholars Testify". Retrieved 30 October 2013. [non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ Reavy, Pat (November 30, 2009), Witnesses describe Mitchell as intelligent but controlling, Deseret News [better source needed]

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