In Rogue One, a prominent setting is the city (or moon, in keeping with Star Wars naming conventions) of Jedha, a place sacred to the Jedi and to people of various faiths who worship the Force.
I ask you to believe that Jedha is a nexus for faith, life, and the Force of Others in all their forms. If the Force can be embodied in a vision or a living creature, why not a place? Or why not an idea? Why can pilgrimage not be Jedha, and Jedha not be the Force?
At first I thought that Jedha must have been derived in a very obvious manner from Jedi. Until I saw this, the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah:
Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, which able-bodied Muslims are required to visit at least once in their lifetime. It is also a gateway to Medina, the second holiest place in Islam.
The name is pretty similar, and it has the same nature as a holy site. Has there ever been any confirmaton that Jeddah inspired Jedha?