A variety of units of measurement have been used in Afghanistan to measure length, mass and capacity. Those units were similar to Iranian, Arabian and Indian units.[1] In 1924, Afghanistan adopted the metric system.[2][3]


Source: Afghanistan Gazetteer, 1980. These lengths are not necessarily standardized and could differ between different regions of Afghanistan.[4]


Source: Afghanistan Gazetteer, 1980[4] and Naval Postgraduate School, 2009[5]

Localized differences

British sources from the late 19th and early 20th century described some Afghanese weights as follows:

See also


  1. ^ a b Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 10.
  2. ^ Proceedings of the 7th General Conference on Weights and Measures Archived 2020-12-04 at the Wayback Machine, 1927, page 68 (French)
  3. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. pp. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  4. ^ a b "Afghanistan Gazetteer" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2023-03-08. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  5. ^ DuPee, M.C. (2009), Afghan Narcotics Terms and Phrases (PDF), Naval Postgraduate School/Program for Culture and Conflict Studies, archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-08-08, retrieved 2018-08-08