Some Islamic scholars have demonstrated a predilection to dismissing Ibn Taymiyyah as insane, mentally unstable, or incompetent. This tendency, although understandable, is an immature way to discredit his ideas, which ought to be countered not through calumniating his character but through careful and measured theological study and argument. Theology, not slander, is our greatest instrument as researchers of Islam and the best way to delegitimize theological views that have inspired violent actors such as Al-Qaeda (AQ) and Islamic State (IS) to commit atrocities in the name of Islam.
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