maund

Two unrelated units, on occasion confounded by scholars, the first an important widespread Islamic unit of mass, and the second a rarely encountered old English unit of capacity, discussed on a separate page.

An Islamic unit of mass, sometimes called a man. Some values in the 20ᵗʰ century:

Aden

28 pounds av. (approximately 12.7 kilograms).

“In the early part of 1913 the price of Mathari [coffee] has been $5.50 per maund of 28 pounds.”

Walter H. Schulz.
The Year in Aden.
Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.
Daily Consular and Trade Reports.
Nos. 75-151; Volume 2; April, May and June 1913.
Washington: U.S.G.P.O., 1913.
Page 886. Report 116, May 19, 1913.

the imperial maund = 40 seer, approximately 37.32 kilograms (approximately 82.28 pounds av.).¹

1. United Nations 1966.

Bahrain

56 pounds av. (approximately 25.4 kilograms).¹ opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system

1. United Nations 1966.

Bangladesh

80 pounds.¹ Or 82.29 lbs (37.32 kg)²

1. Rice Almanac, 2002.

2. Statesman's Yearbook 93-94.

India

The Standards of Weights and Measures Act (No. 89 of 1956, amended in 1960 and 1964), which established the metric system in India, defined the maund as exactly 37.3242 kilograms.

Table of earlier values

Iran

In the province of Fars

In general the weights and measures in use amongst the Qashgāis are the same as those used in Shiraz.

The Qashgāi maund, however, is 40-50 miscals heavier than the Shiraz maund (720 miscals — 1 maund Shiraz).

In Simarum, Hanna, Vanak Hunajan and Pādennā the Shah maund is used.

The old Nasr-ud-din 26 miscal kran is sometimes to be found in the Simarum district.

A. J. Christian, General Staff, Shiraz.
A Report on the Tribes of Fars.
Simla: Printed at the Government Monotype Press, 1919.
Pages 64-55.

Kurdistan

"Maund No-Abbasi of 800 miscals used for measuring rice, ghi, curds, milk, cheese, fruit, dried fruit, straw, clover, fuel, charcoal, tobacco, potatoes. This is the weight used by baqqals.

"Maund Hasht-Abbasi of 640 miscals used for measuring naptha, loaf sugar, moist sugar, tea, coffee, spices. This weight is used by attars."

H. L. Rabino, compiler.
Report on Kurdistan.
Simla: Printed at the Government Monotype Press, 1911.
Page 199.

"The Hasht-Abbasi or Tabriz-man = 6.50 lb.

The No-Abbasi man - about 8 lb."

Ibid, page 200. A different author.

Nepal

In Terai

approximately 37.32 kilograms (about 82.28 pounds av).¹ Applies to Terai.²

1. United Nations 1966.

2. Rice Almanac, 2002.

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The Muscat maund, approximately 4.04 kilograms.¹

1. United Nations 1966.

Pakistan

Before 1980, = 37.324 kilograms.¹ opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system After 1980, = 40 kg.²

1. United Nations 1966.

2. Rice Almanac, 2002.

Saudi Arabia

Approximately 37.285 kilograms¹

1. United Nations 1966.

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