See also qasba, cassaba.
An Arabic unit of length, varying with time and place, but a bit less than 4 meters.
The latter called for a qaṣabah and counted the bricks that a [given] man had made—Abū Ḥanīfah was the first to count bricks with reeds.
Jane Dammen McAuliffe, trans. and annotator.
The History of al-Ṭabarī, vol. 28, Abbāsid Authority Affirmed.
Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, circa 1995.
Tabari wrote in the 9th and early 10th centuries ce. The qaṣabah was both the unit of length and a reed of that length.
qaṣab, a reed; standard of measure (= 3.53 metres).
Socrates Spiro Bey.
Arabic-English Dictionary of the Modern Arabic of Egypt. 2nd edition.
Cairo: Elias’ Modern Press, 1923.
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