Azizah Y. al - Hibri

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Professor Emerita of Law, Doctor of Philosophy, Founder & Board Member of an NGO

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Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law), 1985, University of Pennsylvania, School of Law, United States of America.
Law student, 1982 - 1985, University of Pennsylvania (USA).
Doctorate degree, Philosophy, 1975, University of Pennsylvania, United States of America.
Bachelor degree, Philosophy, 1966, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Islamic Law and Jurisprudence
Human Rights
Women’s Rights
American Civil Rights
American Corporate Law
Philosophy of Technology

Work history

Professor (Associate, Full, then Emerita), 1992 - present, T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond (USA).

Attorney, 1992 - 1987, Debevoise & Plimpton (Wall Street Law Firm) (USA).

Attorney, 1987 - 1985, Sullivan & Cromwell (Wall Street Law Firm) (USA).

Visiting Scholar, Fall 1985, Harvard Divinity School (USA).

Visiting Professor, 1984, Washington University in Saint Louis.

Professor (Assistant, then Associate), 1975 - 1983, Texas A&M University (USA).

Honorary office and memberships

Founder & member of the board of Directors, Karamah: Muslim Women lawyers for Human Rights, 1992-present.

Member of the American Bar Association, 1992-present.

Member of the Task Force issuing The Report of the Constitution Project on Detainee Treatment, 2013.

Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, (Appointed by President Obama), June 2011-2013.

Member of Women’s Foreign Policy Group, 2009-2011.


Publications highlights: 
  • Al-Hibri, A. (2006). Divine justice and the human order: An Islamic perspective. In W. Schweiker, M. Johnson, and K. Jung (Eds.), Humanity before God: Contemporary faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic ethics (pp. 238 - 255). Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Al-Hibri, A., & El Habti, R. (Eds.). (2006). Islam. In D. Browning, M. C. Green, & J. Witte Jr. (Eds.), Sex, marriage and family in world religions (pp. 150 - 225). West Sussex: Columbia University Press.
  • Al-Hibri, A. (2005). The nature of the Islamic marriage: Sacramental, covenantal, or contractual? In J. Witte and E. Ellison (Eds.), Covenant marriage in comparative perspective (pp. 182 - 216). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.
  • Al-Hibri, A. (2003). An Islamic perspective on domestic violence. Fordham International Law Journal, (27), 195 -224.
  • Al-Hibri, A. (2001, Fall). Muslim women's rights in the global village: Opportunities and challenges. The Journal of Law and Religion, (15), 37- 66.
  • Al-Hibri, A. (1999). Islamic and American constitutional law: Borrowing possibilities or a history of borrowing? University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, 1, (3), 492 –527.

Awards and Distinctions

The Purple Rose Award by the Domestic Violence Awareness Center and Health Program of ACCESS, a major Arab-American Community Health and Research Center, February 2015.

Recognized in the official Congressional Record by Hon Deborah I. Dingell, the Congress woman from Michigan for "Azizah al-Hibri's lifetime of Support and Advocacy on Behalf of Human Rights." The Congressional Record of February 2015 contains the Congress Woman's detailed statement.

The 2014 Peace and Dialogue Award, Rumi Forum, 2014.

Life Achievement Award from the Journal of Law and Religion, 2009.

The State of Virginia First Freedom Award, from the Council for America’s First Freedom, 2007.

Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond, 2004.

Fulbright Scholar Award from the Fulbright Commission, 2001.