May 23, 2011, Abdolkarim Soroush is an Iranian thinker, reformer, Rumi scholar and a former professor at the University of Tehran. He is arguably the most influential figure in religious intellectual movement in Iran. Professor Soroush is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland. He was previously affiliated with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, the Leiden based International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Soroush ideas founded on Relativism prompted both supporters and critics to compare his role in reforming Islam to that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. Cosponsored with the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters, Persian Students Association, Stanford Speakers Bureau, and Stanford Graduate Student Council.