See also sâa.

The saa is an old Arabic unit of capacity. Also romanized as saah.


In the Balka district of Jordan, 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of capacity used for cooking oil, = 6 liters.

United Nations 1966.


In Morocco globe icon., 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of area, = 900 square meters, approximately 1076.4 square yards.

United Nations 1966.


In Algeria, a unit of dry capacity, about 58 liters.


In Asir, Arabia, 19ᵗʰ century, a unit of capacity:

In the mountainous districts wooden bowls of certain standard sizes are employed for dry commodities according to the following table:—

3 okes = 1 mid
4 mids = 1 sah
3 sahs = 1 farraj

Bowls representing halves and eighths of sahs are also used.

In the Tihamah this link goes to a new page the scale is slightly different in nomenclature, viz. :—

4 okes = 1 keila
3 keilas = 1 sah
3 sahs = 1 farraj

These measures of content are chiefly employed in the big market places. Elsewhere the practice seems to consist simply in placing a commodity in small piles (aqwâm) and making a rough calculation of its bulk.

Prepared by the Arab Bureau, Cairo. [K. Cornwallis, compiler]
Handbook of Asir.
Cairo: Government Press, 1916 ("First Edition, June 1, 1916")
British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/5/382, in
Qatar Digital Library [accessed 11 August 2020]
Page 17.


In India, ? – 19ᵗʰ century,

Sáâ, A[rabic]. ( ) A measure of grain about seven or eight pounds.

H. H. Wilson, 1855, page 448.

Where is Morocco?

A map showing the location of Morocco.

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

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