In Hebrew writings emanating from the Muslim-influenced areas, medinah is used to mean city. In Ashkenazi culture, especially in the later Middle Ages and early modern times, medinah denotes a region embracing several or many communities organized as a territorial unit for the purpose of *autonomy and leadership.
J. Katz, Tradition and Crisis (1961), 122–34.
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