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Azizah Y. al-Hibri is a professor at the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. She is a former professor of Philosophy, founding editor of Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and founder and president of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. A Fulbright scholar, she has written extensively on issues of Islam and democracy, Muslim women’s rights, and human rights in Islam. She guest-edited a special volume on Islam for the Journal of Law and Religion. Her recent articles include “An Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence” (Fordham International Law Journal, December 2003) and “Redefining Muslim Women’s Roles in the Next Century” (Democracy and the Rule of Law, Congressional Quarterly, 2001). She was an advisor to the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002), produced by Unity Productions Foundation. She is currently completing a book on the Islamic marriage contract in American courts. Al-Hibri is a member of the advisory board of various organizations, including the PEW Forum on Religion in Public Life, the Pluralism Project Harvard University, and Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly (PBS). She is also a member of the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee. In June 2011, al-Hibri was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Al-Hibri is the grandchild of Sheik Toufik El Hibri who established the first scout movement in the Arab world.