Email: morgan.davis@byu.edu
Phone: 801.422.9229

D. Morgan Davis is a research fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He holds a Ph.D. (2005) in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Utah, an M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University.

Davis was affiliated with the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) from its inception in 1993, supervising the translation and publication of dual language editions of works from the classical Islamicate world. He served as the project’s director from 2010 until its transfer to Brill in 2017.

Davis works in comparative scripture and comparative theology with a focus on Islam and the Latter-day Saint tradition. He is also the founder and co-editor of the Institute’s Living Faith book series.

An avid traveler, runner, hiker, and mountain biker, and an occasional tenor soloist, Davis is married to the former Kristina Nelson, and they are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

EMPLOYMENT

2017-Present: Associate Research Fellow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University

2010-2017: Assistant Research Fellow and Director of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University

1997-2010: Managing Editor, Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University.

PUBLICATIONS

Edited Volume

Andrew C. Skinner, D. Morgan Davis, and Carl Griffin, eds., Bountiful Harvest: Essays in Honor of S. Kent Brown (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2011).

Articles

“Prophets and Prophecy in the Qurʾan and the Book of Mormon,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, 29 (Spring 2020): 50–84.

“On Agency,” Religious Educator 11, no. 3 (2010): 59–77.

“Medieval Texts for a Modern Audience: The Islamic Translation Series at BYU in Light of Two Early Antecedents,” BYU Studies 40, no. 4 (2001): 255–62.

Book Chapters

“‘Living in Negligent Ease’: Evidence for al-Ghazālī’s Crisis of Conscience in His Iqtiṣād fī al-iʿtiqād,” in Bountiful Harvest: Essays in Honor of S. Kent Brown, edited by Andrew C. Skinner, D. Morgan Davis, and Carl Griffin (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2011), 99-111.

Editorial Work

2019                    Member, editorial team, Brief Theological Introductions to the Book of Mormon

2017–present    Member, editorial board, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

2017–present    Co-editor, Living Faith series, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

2017–present    Managing Editor, Maxwell Institute books

2016                   Managing Editor, Mormon Studies Review

2012–2016        Associate Editor, Mormon Studies Review

2012–2014        Acquisitions editor for all Mormon studies titles; initiated the Living Faith book series; editor of Insights

Eastern Christian Texts Series (Managing Editor)

Stephen J. Shoemaker, editor and translator, The First Christian Hymnal: The Songs of the Ancient Jerusalem Church (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2018).

Edward G. Mathews, editor and translator, On This Day: The Armenian Church Synaxarion—April (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2017).

Stephen J. Shoemaker, editor and translator, Three Christian Martyrdoms from Early Islamic Palestine (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2017).

Samir Khalil Samir and Wafik Nasry, editors and translators, The Patriarch and the Caliph: An Eighth-Century Dialogue between Timothy I and al- Mahdi (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2017).

Edward G. Mathews, editor and translator, On This Day: The Armenian Church Synaxarion—March (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2016).

John C. Lamoreaux, editor and translator, Hunayn ibn Ishaq on His Galen Translations (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2016).

Edward G. Mathews, editor and translator, On This Day: The Armenian Church Synaxarion—February (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2015).

Islamic Translation Series (Series Editor)

John Walbridge, editor and translator, The Alexandrian Epitomes of Galen, Volume 1 (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2014).

Mulla Sadra, The Book of Metaphysical Penetrations, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Ibrahim Kalin (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2014).

Abū Ḥātim al-Rāzī, The Proofs of Prophecy, translated by Tarif Khalidi (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2011).

Bradley J. Cook, editor, Classical Foundations of Islamic Educational Thought (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2010).

ʿAbd al-Jabbār, Critique of Christian Origins, edited and translated by Gabriel Said Reynolds & Samir Khalil Samir (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2010).

Avicenna, The Physics of “The Healing,” 2 volumes, Jon McGinnis, translator (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2009).

Avicenna, The Metaphysics of “The Healing,” translated by Michael E. Marmura (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2005).

Mulla Saḍrā, Elixir of the Gnostics, translated by William C. Chittick (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2003).

Averroës, Middle Commentary on Aristotle’s De anima, translated by Alfred L. Ivry (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2002).

Averroës, Decisive Treatise & Epistle Dedicatory, translated by Charles E. Butterworth (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2001).

John Walbridge and Hossein Ziai, editors, The Philosophy of Illumination (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1999).

al-Ghazālī, The Niche of Lights, translated by David Buchman (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1998).

al-Ghazālī, The Incoherence of the Philosophers, translated by Michael E. Marmura. (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1997).

Library of Judeo-Arabic Literature (Managing Editor)

Dawūd ibn al-Muqammās, Twenty Chapters, edited and translated by Sarah Stroumsa (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2016).

Medical Works of Moses Maimonides (Managing Editor)

Maimonides, Medical Aphorisms, Treatises 22–25, translated by Gerrit Bos. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2017).

Maimonides, Medical Aphorisms, Treatises 16–21, translated by Gerrit Bos (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2015).

Maimonides, On Rules Regarding the Practical Part of the Medical Art, ed. and trans. Gerrit Bos and Y. Tzvi Langermann (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2014).

Maimonides, On Hemorrhoids, edited and translated by Gerrit Bos, with medieval Latin translations edited by Michael R. McVaugh (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2012).

Maimonides, Medical Aphorisms, Treatises 10–15, translated by Gerrit Bos (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2011).

Maimonides, On Poisons and the Protection against Lethal Drugs, translated by Gerrit Bos (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2009).

Maimonides, On Asthma, Volume 2, edited by Gerrit Bos & Michael McVaugh (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2008).

Maimonides, Medical Aphorisms, Treatises 6–9, translated by Gerrit Bos (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2007).

Maimonides, Medical Aphorisms, Treatises 1–5, translated by Gerrit Bos (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2004).

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