Egypt
units of mass

Standard of Cairo
 

heml

Qant'âr Skandriyya, or Alexandrian qantar

1 11/14

         

hamla

1 13/15

3 1/3

     

qantar

1 2/3

2 1/3 

5 5/9

   

oke

36

60

112

200

rotl or rottolo

2 7/9

100

166 2/3

311 1/9

555 5/9

okia

12

33 1/3

1200

2000

3733 1/3

6666 2/3

dirhem

12

144

400

14,400

24,000

44,800

80,000

older value

2.99

35.9

430.9

1.1969

43.09

71.81

134.05

239.38

mid-19th c (2)

3.15

37.8

453.5*

1.2596

45.35

75.58

141.08

251.92

just before metrication (3)

3.12

37.44

449.28

1.248

44.928

74.88

139.776

249.6

metrified, circa 1891

3.125

37.5

450

1.25

45

75

140

250

according to (1), 1952

3.12
g

37.44
g

449.28
g

1.248
kg

44.928
kg

74.880
kg

139.775
kg

249.600
kg

* This is the English pound avoirdupois.

1. Saâdeddine Bencheneb.
Mesures et poids actullement en usage en Egypte.
Bulletin des études arabes, vol. 12, page 106 (Sept-Dec 1952.)

2. Doursther, page 467. Tate.

3. Louis B. Grant.
Egyptian Weights and Measures.
Reports of the Consuls of the United States. Vol. XL.
No. 144. September, 1892.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1892.
Page 136.

 

weights for precious substances

       

mithkal

     

magar

1 1/3

   

dirhem

1 1/8

 

kirat

16

18

24

kamha

4

64

72

96

48.75
mg

195
mg

3.12
g

3.51
g

4.68
g

Saâdeddine Bencheneb.
Mesures et poids actullement en usage en Egypte.
Bulletin des études arabes, vol. 12, page 106 (Sept-Dec 1952.)

       

mitkal

     

dirhem

   

keerat

24

36

 

habbeh

3

48

72

kamhah

1 1/3

4

64

96

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