Ottoman Empire
divisions of the cubits

Decimal divisions

“iplik” also has the meaning “thread”, and “tār-i ٴankebūt”, “spider web”.

ẕirāٴ

barmaḳ

100

iplik

10

1000

tār-i ٴankebūt

100

1000

10,000

Caٴfer Efendi.
Risāle-i miٴ māriyye.
1614.

ẕirāٴ

barmaḳ

100

iplik

100

10,000

tār-i ٴankebūt

100

10,000

100,000,000

Nasuh Matrakçi.
ٴUmdat al-hisāb.
1517.

Muhyi al-Din Mehmed ibn Hacci Atmaca.
Macmaٴ al-Kavٴid.
1493.

Other divisions, according to Caٴfer Efendi (1614)

bennā' arşunı

boǧun

24

barmaḳ

60

The bennā' arşunı is the one used in building. The boǧun units were purely notional and not actually used by builders.

āmme ẕirāٴ or āmme arşunı

girih

32

barmaḳ

100

The āmme arşunı was the cubit used in commerce. According to Cafer, around 1587 a change in the coinage, in which a particular silver coin had previously been equal to 32 copper coins.

bez arşunı

X

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