The Law, Agency, and Policy in Medieval Islamic Society: Development of the Institutions of Learning from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century

  title={The Law, Agency, and Policy in Medieval Islamic Society: Development of the Institutions of Learning from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century},
  author={Said Amir Arjomand},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={263 - 293}
  • S. Arjomand
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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