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).


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][2]

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.[3]

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.[4][5] Peterson is also a regular participant in online fora about Mormonism where he discusses the LDS faith and its apologetics.[6] One of his projects has been the development of a website featuring the testimonies of LDS scholars.[7] Peterson is the first and current editor of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.[5]

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.[8]

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 0-8028-0754-2<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  • ——; Ricks, Stephen D. (1998), Offenders for a Word [9], Foundation for Ancient Research & Mormon Studies, ISBN 0-934893-35-7 ref stripmarker in |title= at position 96 (help); External link in |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  • Peterson, Daniel C. (2002), Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, ISBN 978-0934893725<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. http://mormonscholarstestify.org/151/daniel-c-peterson-2
  2. Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. "METI Editors". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original (web page) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Peterson, Daniel C. "Daniel C. Peterson Testimony". Mormon Scholars Testify. Retrieved 30 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[better source needed]
  4. Berman,, Timothy (June 22, 2012). "Professor Daniel C. Peterson is dismissed as editor of Mormon Studies Review". Marysville LDS Church Examiner (Examiner.com).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 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 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Mormon Discussions". Retrieved 30 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Mormon Scholars Testify". Retrieved 30 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[non-primary source needed]
  8. Reavy, Pat (November 30, 2009), "Witnesses describe Mitchell as intelligent but controlling", Deseret News<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[better source needed]
  9. To read "Offenders for a Word: How Anti-Mormons Play Word Games to Attack the Latter-Day Saints" online for free, click here/

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