Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Esq.
Dr. al-Hibri earned a B.A. from the American University of Beirut. Al-Hibri then received a Ph.D. in philosophy followed by a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania which she received in 1985.
In 1993, Azizah al-Hibri founded and served as chairperson of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. KARAMAH exists "to support the rights of Muslim women worldwide through educational programs, jurisprudential scholarship, and a network of Muslim jurists and leaders... [and to] provide Muslim women with the essential tools and knowledge to promote reform in their own communities."
In June 2011, al-Hibri was appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Abortion: "Population Control"
In a 2011 speech where she addressed issues of family planning from an Islamic jurisprudential point of view, al-Hibri stated,
- "Another major form of population control is abortion. The majority of Muslim scholars permit abortion, although they differ on the stage of fetal development beyond which it becomes prohibited."
Al-Hibri has worked in the following capacities:
- Corporate law associate on Wall Street.
- Professor of philosophy; co-editor of Technology and Human Affairs; and founding editor of Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy
- Professor emerita at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond
- Fulbright Scholar
- Fellow at the National Humanities Center
- Consultant to the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Qatar - here she advised them on the development of Qatar’s personal status code
Al-Hibri has received the following awards:
- Virginia First Freedom Award from the Council for America's First Freedom (2007)
- Dr. Betty Shabazz Recognition Award from Women in Islam (2006)
- Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond (2004)