Indeed, in one way, I owe my career To Dr. Hathout. In the mid-Eighties, I was an associate at a Wall Street firm itching to go back to teaching. One day, I got a call from an academic law journal which invited me to write an article on "Islam & Democracy." That was a relatively new topic at the time, and I had no idea how the journal got my name. It turned out that it had initially invited Dr. Hathout, who referred them to me.
That article became the first article I wrote in the area of Islamic law. It ushered the beginning of my academic legal career. In discussing this incident, I must mention that the article would have never seen the light of day if it were not for the mentoring of another shinning start in the history of our American Muslim community, Dr. Mahmoud Abu'l Saud. He directed me towards and advised me on the ancient literature on the subject. So, this Muslim human rights advocate owes her legal career to two distinguished Muslim men who are no longer with us. I miss them both.
Dr. Azizah al-Hibri