qantar

See also: kantar.

Various units of mass in the Middle East, descended from the Islamic kintar or qintar, which in turn comes from the Roman centarius, the root meaning of both being 100 of a smaller unit.

1

[Maltese] In Malta Map showing the location of Malta , 20th century (UN 1966), a unit of mass = 100 rtal = 175 pounds (approximately 79.379 kilograms). link to a table showing relationships between units of mass in Malta

Like many Maltese units, the qantar shows traces of both the Arabic and British periods in the island’s history. The value comes from assimilating British weights.

2

[Arabic] In Egypt, 20th century, a unit of mass = 45 kilograms.

In the 19th century, = 100 rtal or rottolo = 45.35 kilograms. link to a chart showing relationships between Egyptian units of mass  According to Doursther, in Alexandria the qantar was already simply 45 kilograms and the same value was often used in Cairo as well.

X

Sorry. No information on contributors is available for this page.

home | units index | search |  contact drawing of envelope | contributors | 
help | privacy | terms of use