BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative



I stand on the dock, waving farewell.


Here are a couple of good short articles about BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which I conceived and founded, and with which I was allowed to be involved (for nearly two decades) until June 2012:


It’s a very worthwhile project, and I wish it much success.



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  • Justin Evanson

    You’re not involved in the Middle Eastern Texts initiative any more? I’ve been following your blog quite closely since you started it and I don’t remember this. I didn’t know that your involvement was in the past.

    Is there anything you could further explain about this, or somewhere online you could direct me to read about this? Not to reopen past wounds, but I thought I knew everything there was to know about the horrible way you were treated last year.

    • DanielPeterson

      The theory was that I would continue, despite last year’s Unpleasantness, as editor in chief. In practice, the relevant people at the Maxwell Institute are unwilling to work with me, or even to communicate with me — even on the relatively narrow topic of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative.