Damascus
late 19ᵗʰ century

Units of dry capacity for cereals

                     

chombol

                 

gharara

6

                 

kaïl

2

12

               

olbé

2

4

24

             

djift

3

6

36

           

mud

2

3

6

12

72

       

nisf-mud

2

4

6

12

24

144

 

roubyé

2

4

8

12

24

48

288

 

themnyié

2

4

8

16

24

48

96

576

 

nisf-themniyé

2

4

8

16*

32

48

96

192

1152

ribé-themnyié

2

4

8

16

32

64

96

192

384

2304

in liters

0.55

1.10

2.20

4.40

8.80

17.60

35.20

52.80

105.60

211.20

1267.20

*Source says 15, but likely a misprint for 16.

In 1889 the metric system of weights was made obligatory for cereals.

Poids, Mesures, Monnaies et Cours du Change dans les Principales Localités de l'Empire Ottoman a la Fin du 19e Siècle.
Carnets du Bosphore VII.
Istanbul: Les Èditions Isis, 2002.

Page 54. This publication reprints material from the Chambre de Commerce Française de Constantinople: Bulletins no. 77, 78, 79, 80 and 81 (1892-1893) and their Compte Rendu des Travaux, Année 1892. In the BNF's copy of the latter the issues for 1891 and 1892 are bound together (Constantinople: impr. de A. Zellich fils, 1892-1894).

Units of mass

                       

kantar

                     

wazne*

8

                   

rotoli

12½

100

                 

oke

2

25

200

               

cheki

2²⁄₃

5¹⁄₃

66²⁄₃

533¹⁄₃

             

once

6

12

75

600

           

mithkal

44 4/9

100

266²⁄₃

533¹⁄₃

6666²⁄₃

53,333¹⁄₃

         

dirhem

66²⁄₃

150

400

800

10,000

80,000

       

karat

16

24

1066²⁄₃

2400

6400

12,800

160,000

1,280,000

grain of wheat

4

64

96

4266²⁄₃

9600

25600

51200

640,000

5,120,000

50
mg

200
mg

3.207
g

4.8
g

213.5
g

480.34
g

1.282
kg

2.564
kg

32.025
kg

256.410
kg

The pattern of awkward values in the chart reveals the disconnect at the once/cheki level, the cheki belonging with the smaller weights and the once with the larger. The unit that ties them together is the dirhem.

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