Al-Shaybani and the Islamic Law of War

  title={Al-Shaybani and the Islamic Law of War},
  author={John Kelsay},
  journal={Journal of Military Ethics},
  pages={63 - 75}
  • John Kelsay
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Military Ethics
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