Azizah al-Hibri

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Azizah al-Hibri

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.[1]


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."[1]

Obama Administration

In June 2011, al-Hibri was appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom by President Barack Obama.[1]

Abortion: "Population Control"

In a 2011 speech where she addressed issues of family planning from an Islamic jurisprudential point of view, al-Hibri stated,[2]

"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."

Professional Experience

Al-Hibri has worked in the following capacities:[1]

  • 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:[1]

  • 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)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 KARAMAH: Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. (accessed on March 4, 2013)