Awqiyyah

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The "Awqiyyah" or "uqiyya" (Arabic أُوقِية) is the name for a historical unit of weight that varies between regions, as listed below. It corresponds to the historical unit ounce and was defined as the 12th part of a ratl [1]; as the ratl varied so did the awqiyyah as its part.

Egypt: 37g

Aleppo: 320g

Beirut: 213.39g

Jerusalem: 240g

Malta: ~26.46 g

The same unit, pronounced uqqa or okka in Turkish but written as in the Arabic, was used in the Ottoman Empire until the early 20th century. The standard Istanbul okka equaled 128.3 g.

References[edit]

Wehr, Hans; J M.Cowan (1994). Arabic-English Dictionary. Urbana, IL: Spoken Language Services Inc. ISBN 0-87950-003-4. 


  1. ^ Lane, Edward William (1863). Arabic–English Lexicon. http://www.tyndalearchive.com/tabs/lane: Williams & Norgate, London 1863. p. 1102.  entry رطل