A widespread Arabic unit of length that belongs to the fathom family of units.
In Oman , 20th century , a unit of length equal to the span of outstretched arms.¹
Similiarly, in Arabia, it was described in 1923 as “hand to hand, both arms extended.”²
In Egypt it was specified as 4 dhira mamari = 3 meters.³ Another estimate:
In Tunisia, 1895, as 1.92 meters.
1. United Nations, 1966.
2. Consul Bullard to the Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, October 31,
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia, 1930-1960. Vol. 1, 1930-1934.
Archive Editions, 1993.
3. Saadeddine Bencheneb.
Bulletin des Études des arabes, Sept-Oct 1952, page 104.
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