Library of Judeo-Arabic Literature


An early autograph draft of “The Guide of the Perplexed,” by Moses Maimonides, dated to ca. 1185-1190 AD


It’s shocking and frustrating still, to put it mildly, to be excluded from the project that I conceived and founded.


But, apart from the continuing sharp pain of that entirely unjustifiable exclusion, which means that I won’t be and cannot be involved, I’m happy at the announcement from Brigham Young University’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) of a new Library of Judeo-Arabic Literature:


I had always wanted to take METI in that direction (without, by any means, abandoning its strong commitment to Islamic and Eastern Christian materials).


And I’m especially happy at the news of a forthcoming dual-language edition of The Guide of the Perplexed, by Moses Maimonides.  I have a particular interest in that famous text, which I’ve taught on several occasions, and METI’s publishing such an edition — with Shlomo Pines’s famous Chicago translation accompanied by an Arabic-script text of the original — was a long-standing dream of mine.



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  • Mark Cheney

    Isn’t there some higher recourse to get your group back under you where it belongs?

    • DanielPeterson

      I thought about challenging my expulsion. I believe that my chances of prevailing were reasonably good. I have friends in very high places, but I didn’t want to trouble them about an ugly little specimen of campus politics and treachery. Moreover, I thought it would be awkward (to say the least of it) to be imposed upon, and back working with, a small handful of people who really wanted me gone. So I didn’t pursue any kind of appeal.

      I’m on to other things now, in most regards. Some, if they go according to plan, may well prove rather spectacular. But I miss my involvement with METI, which I saw as likely my major and most enduring contribution to BYU and to my academic discipline. I really didn’t think that that would be taken from me. I think it ethically bizarre that it was.

      • Guest

        ///Some, if they go according to plan, may well prove rather spectacular.///

        Can’t wait to see your new TV program.

      • GrimGrinningGhost

        “Some, if they go according to plan, may well prove rather spectacular.”

        Can’t wait to see your new TV program.

        • kiwi57

          While I can’t wait to see what you would do if you gave up being an obsessive compulsive hater.

      • brotheroflogan

        I honestly wish I could contribute. I’d love to be involved in a scholarly project.
        I did encourage my wife to write for the Interpreter competition, but she didn’t want to.

  • brotheroflogan

    Then this is something you can claim as a legitimate accomplishment, while acknowledging the contributions of others.