Daniel C. Peterson

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Daniel C. Peterson, born January 15, 1953,[1] is the professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University (BYU).


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.[2][3]

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 of BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. 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.[4]

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 fired him in June 2012.[5][6] Peterson is also a regular participant in online fora about Mormonism where he discusses the LDS faith and its apologetics.[7] One of his projects has been the development of a website featuring the testimonies of LDS scholars.[8] Peterson is the first and current editor of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.[6]

Peterson served an LDS Church mission in the Switzerland Zurich Mission, with Edwin Q. Cannon serving as his mission president. Peterson later served on the LDS Church's Gospel Doctrine Committee and as a bishop.[9]

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


  • Peterson, Daniel C. (2007), Muhammad, Prophet of God, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, ISBN 978-0-8028-0754-0.
  • ——; Ricks, Stephen D. (1998), Offenders for a Word: How Anti-Mormons Play Word Games to Attack the Latter-Day Saints, Foundation for Ancient Research & Mormon Studies, ISBN 0-934893-35-7.
  • Peterson, Daniel C. (2002), Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, ISBN 978-0934893725.
  • Peterson, Daniel C. (1998), The Last Days: A Comprehensive Survey of Prophetic and Doctrinal Statements by Latter-Day Prophets and Apostles, Aspen Books, ISBN 978-1562360627.
  • Peterson, Daniel C. (1995), Abraham Divided: An LDS Perspective on the Middle East, Aspen Book, ISBN 978-1562362249.


  1. ^ LCCN n92058251
  2. ^ "Daniel C. Peterson - FairMormon". Mormonscholarstestify.org. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  3. ^ Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. "METI Editors". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original (web page) on 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  4. ^ Peterson, Daniel C. "Daniel C. Peterson Testimony". Mormon Scholars Testify. Retrieved 30 October 2013.[better source needed]
  5. ^ Berman, Timothy (June 22, 2012). "Professor Daniel C. Peterson is dismissed as editor of Mormon Studies Review". Marysville LDS Church Examiner (Examiner.com).
  6. ^ a b Stack, Peggy Fletcher (April 25, 2013). "Professor Daniel C. Peterson is dismissed as editor of Mormon Studies Review". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original (web page) on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  7. ^ "Mormon Discussions". Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Mormon Scholars Testify". Retrieved 30 October 2013.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ Reavy, Pat (November 30, 2009), "Witnesses describe Mitchell as intelligent but controlling", Deseret News[better source needed]

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