In Iraq, at least as early as the 9th century – ?, a unit of mass, = ¹⁄₃ makkūk.
The third yet smaller basket contained a kaylajah of rubies, the likes of which I had never before seen or even imagined existing anywhere in the world.
35. Measures like [makkūk] and kaylajah, below, were subject to regional variation. A makkūk in Baghdad and al-Kufah weighed 5.625 kg, while in al-Baṣrah and Wāsiṭ it weighed 6 kg. In Iraq a kaylajah was one-third of a makkūk. See W. Hinz, Islamische Masse und Gewichte, 40, 44.
David Waines, trans. and annotator.
The History of al-Ṭabarī, vol. 36, The Revolt of the Zanj.
Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, circa 1992.
Tabari wrote in the 9th and early 10th centuries ce.
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