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"مَدينة عَرَبِيّة كَبيرة"

Translation:a big Arab city

August 26, 2019



For some reason I think I have learned that the nationality always comes first...

August 26, 2019


Nope. Adjectives come after the noun they describe (just like in Latin and Romance languages).


Madiina = مدينة ? A few words are too close to words in other languages. At first i though it was referring to the city of Medina.


The name (Medina), which is a city in Saudi Arabia, is indeed المدينة and it is a common and abbreviated form for المدينة المنورة (al-madínatul-munawwarah); meaning the enlightened city. The old name for this city or town before the immigration of prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to it was Yaþrib يثرب.
On a side note, the Maltese town of Mdina is also of the same origin, مدينة meaning city.

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