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Posted at Dec 01/2010 06:12PM:
Ian B: Nagid means prince or leader in hebrew. In the context of Medieval Egypt the Nagid was a territorial head of the Jewish community. This position idd not appear until the Fatimid era but was a strong political authority who held an elite position in the state. Maimonides is an example of one famous Nagid.
Posted at Dec 06/2010 04:02PM:
ian: Exactly, so more of a political than a religious post. One that should work to the benefit of a the somewhat internally divided Jewish community.