The Separation of State and Religion in the Development of Early Islamic Society

  title={The Separation of State and Religion in the Development of Early Islamic Society},
  author={Ira M. Lapidus},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  pages={363 - 385}
  • I. Lapidus
  • Published 1 October 1975
  • History
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
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