Combating Relativism: Classical Muslim Approaches – Ismail Royer

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Combating Relativism: Classical Muslim Approaches

Ismail Royer | Director of the Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team at the Religious Freedom Institute

Friday, July 1st, 2022 | 08:00 PM CST

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A feature of our contemporary era is the increasing spread of relativism: the idea that nothing is good or true in the absolute, objective sense. This idea has surfaced within both the political left and right, and it goes by different names, such as postmodernism and poststructuralism. Relativism, however, is not new. It was known to Plato and Aristotle as sophism, and they famously refuted it. Less well known is that premodern Islamic scholars also wrote strong refutations of the idea that “man is the measure of all things.” This lecture will examine some of the writings of these ʿulamāʾ and the lessons they might have for us today as we confront this heresy.


Ismail Royer is Research and Program Associate at the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. He converted to Islam in 1992 and studied political science at American University. He has studied religious sciences with scholars such as Dr. Jaafar Sheikh Idris and Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah, as well as with a student of Sheikh Abdul Qadr al-Arnaout. From 1993 to 2003, Royer worked in several non-profit Islamic organizations.

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