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The Uqiyyah (Arabic: أُوقِيَّة‎), sometimes spelled Awqiyyah, 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 uqiyyah 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, was used in the Ottoman Empire until the early 20th century. The standard Istanbul okka equaled 128.3 g.


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

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