I don't find it odd that folks are paid royalties on books they write or edit. That's normal. I also don't find it odd that someone would be paid for being the editor of FARMS review.
What might be odd is being paid a salary from BYU, not for teaching, but for other endeavors. Usually, when that sort of thing happens, one is labeled a scholar in residence, or a research professor, which is not odd, in and of itself.
If the Middle East Textual Initiative is the sole reason DCP earns a salary, then perhaps that's a bit odd. But, then, one of FARMS primary (1 of 4) reasons for existence is to provide critical editions of Islamic texts.
Since DCP is neither a scholar in residence nor a research professor from what I can tell from BYU's website (and noting that DCP is teaching no, as far as I can tell, Winter 2008 courses in the relevant BYU department, then one might legitimately ask, "What is he being paid for?"
One might think it is for providing critical editions of Islamic texts.
Since this is one of the utterly primary
, self-identified reasons FARMS exists, maybe that's not too weird.
Also, DCP might not consider FARMS an apologetic publication, although it admittedly holds to the presupposition of the truth of Joseph Smith's restorationist claims.
What seems odd to me is that DCP would be paid a salary from BYU (which includes his FARMS work, as FARMS is part of BYU now) not for teaching, but for heading up an organization dedicated (in some sense primarily) to publishing Islamic texts. Thus, DCP might contend that he is not paid for apologetic works per se, but for publishing Islamic works in English.
One might answer that DCP gets paid to do whatever he wants to do. But that is too simple. If BYU holds that one of its child organization's primary purposes is to publish Islamic texts, and that's what DCP is in charge of, then so be it. But, at least according to the Winter 2008 schedule at BYU, he's not being paid a salary to teach at BYU. Since he's not teaching there.
But, then, one might ask when did the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies decide that one of its primary reasons for existence is to publish Islamic texts in English?
I dunno the answer to that question.