Azizah al-Hibri

Former Board Member

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri is Professor Emerita at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is the first Muslim woman to become tenured in an American law school.   She is a former professor of Philosophy, founding editor of Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and founder of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (see

Dr. al-Hibri was a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (2011-13), a Library of Congress Scholar‑in‑Residence, Fulbright scholar and National Humanities Center scholar (2000‑2001).   Dr. al-Hibri is signatory to the Marrakesh Declaration (2016) and the Washington Declaration (2017) asserting freedom of conscience for religious minorities in Muslim countries.

Dr. al-Hibri has written extensively, and has lectured at home and abroad on issues of Muslim women’s rights, the Islamic marriage contract, Islam and democracy, human rights in Islam, Islamic interfaith values, and Muslim civil rights in the U.S.

Dr. al-Hibri’s books include The Islamic Worldview, Technology and Human Affairs, and Deontic Logic.  Her recent articles, published mainly in law journals, include An Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence, Redefining Muslim Women’s Roles in the Next Century, and Muslim Women’s Rights in the Global Village: Opportunities and Challenges. Many of Dr. al-Hibri’s articles can be found at

Dr. al-Hibri has received many honors and awards, including the Virginia First Freedom Award, presented in 2007 by the Council for America’s First Freedom, and the Life Time Achievement Award in 2009 from the Journal of Law & Religion.  She was also the first American woman to be invited by King Muhammad VI of Morocco to deliver a lecture in the prestigious Dars Hassani series at the royal palace.