In Muscat and Oman , 20th century (UN 1966), a unit of length, the span of a person's hand.
In Saudi Arabia, 20th century (UN 1966), a unit of length, = 7 inches, approximately 17.78 centimeters.
In 1923, it was described¹ as a “full hand span”, the distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the outstretched little finger.
1. Consul Bullard to the Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, October 31,
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia, 1930-1960. Vol. 1, 1930-1934.
Archive Editions, 1993.
Also found in Egypt.
Edward William Lane.
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians, written in Egypt during the years 1833, -34, and -36,… 5th edition. Vol. II.
London: John Murray, 1871.
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