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Appendix 4: Weights & Measures
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Weights

During the period 1880-1901, the weights in use in Kabul and mentioned by Fayz Muhammad were (from the smallest to the largest unit—nukhūd to kharwār):

24 nukhūd (peas)

= 1 mis̠qāl

24 mis̠qāls

= 1 khūrd

4 khūrd

= 1 pāw

4 pāw

= 1 chārak

4 chārak

= 1 seer (sīr)

80 seer

= 1 kharwār.1

Weights are commonly expressed according to the commodity being weighed. Bulk commodities—grain and minerals—are generally described in kharwā…

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“Appendix 4: Weights & Measures”, in: History of Afghanistan, Translated and edited by R.D. McChesney, M.M. Khorrami. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004256064_hao_COM_000244>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004234918, 20121219



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