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Dr. al-Hibri wanted to make…known, especially to Muslim women …that Islam does not require a choice between human rights and faith.
Known For: President and Founder, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Country: United States
Azizah al-Hibri is a professor of law at the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and the founder and president of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. With a strong background in Islamic jurisprudence and women’s rights within Islam, Azizah has co-authored a number of books on Islamic family law and has been published in various law journals, legal, and faith-based publications.
In 1993 she founded Karamah, an organization that supports the empowerment and of Muslim women worldwide through education programs, jurisprudential scholarship, and the development of a global network of advocates. Seeking to make Muslim women aware of the rights granted to them by Islamic law, Azizah hopes to enable Muslim women to become strong agents of change within their respective communities.
Having traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world conducting research, Azizah has served as a consultant to the Supreme Council of Foreign Affairs in Qatar throughout the development of that country’s personal status code. She is also a Fulbright scholar and the recipient of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Recognition Award, presented by Women in Islam in 2006, and the Virginia Fast Freedom Award, presented by the Council for America’s First Freedom in 2007.
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