bâa [Arabic]

A widespread Arabic unit of length that belongs to the fathom family of units.

In Oman globe icon, 20th century , a unit of length equal to the span of outstretched arms.¹

Similiarly, in Arabia, it was described in 1923 as “hand to hand, both arms extended.”²

In Egypt it was specified as 4 dhira mamari = 3 meters.³ chart symbol  Another estimate: chart symbol

In Tunisia, 1895, as 1.92 meters.

1. United Nations, 1966.

2. Consul Bullard to the Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, October 31, 1923.
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia, 1930-1960. Vol. 1, 1930-1934.
Archive Editions, 1993.

Page 58.

3. Saadeddine Bencheneb.
Bulletin des Études des arabes, Sept-Oct 1952, page 104.


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