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The term madinah by and large refers to the primordial Islamic city—the city of the Prophet Muhammad, established circa AD 622 to 632. Abu Nasr al-Fara-bi's (ca. 870–950) famous work, The Virtuous City, takes inspiration from the constitution of the city of the Prophet, al-Farabi notes that the linguistic term madinah denotes legal, ethical, social, political, and religious knowledge, transforming and transcending the contributions of mere human experience. The suggestion here is that the term madinah also embraces the idea of authority, submission, obedience, conformity, and consensus—the nature of the Islamic City.

Because the madinah also represents the cumulative experience of successive generations of urban dwellers, it offered a solid foundation for Ibn Khaldun (ca. 1332–1406) to reflect critically and to rethink the relationship between ...

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