Does anyone know where I can find the origin of ‘quarter’ as in ethnic divisions of Old World cities, e.g., the Jewish Quarter, the Arab Quarter, etc? Is it correct to assume this is related to ‘quarter’ in its meaning related to ‘housing’? (to quarter the troops, for instance). Or were cities divided into fourths? And if it is related to “housing” how does that tie into four or fourths? (one might speculate that houses or barracks have four walls but is there anything more solid to go on?
Thanks in advance!