himl

An Islamic unit of mass, at least as early as the 14th century, conceptually the carrying capacity of a camel, about 250 kilograms. Also romanized as haml and heml. Bruno Kisch says = 300 mann = 600 ratl. Amery says = 200 uggas, about 550.27 pounds in Egypt, and 300 pounds for “Western or Bedouin camels”.

As heml, in the United Arab Republic, 20th century, a unit of mass, approximately 249.6 kilograms. (UN 1966)

H[arald] F[rançois] S[aphir] Amery.
English-Arabic Vocabulary for the Use of Officials of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, compiled in the Intelligence Department of the Egyptian Army.
Cairo: Al-Mokattam Printing Office, 1905.

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