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Makāyil (a.),
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“measures of capacity” (sing. mikyal(a); var. makāyīl, sing. mikyāl), and Mawāzīn(a.) “weights” (sing. mīzān ). On the measures of length and surface area, see misāḥa .

1. In the Arabic, Persian and Turkishlands.

In the history of Oriental metrology, the spread of Islam meant no abrupt break. Whereas Charlemagne imposed in his empire a uniform system of weights and measures and introduced a much heavier pound than the Roman libra of 327.45 g, neither Muḥammad nor ʿUmar made such a reform; and as la…

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Ashtor, E. and Burton-Page, J., “Makāyil (a.),”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0635>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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