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Originally Posted by Ross G Caldwell
Maybe it also means a beaten sheet of silver.
On the meaning of 'waraq' as a ‘‘plate of metal,’’ see JG Hava, Al-Faraid. Arabic-English Dictionary (Beirut, 1970),

Also from the web:
"The manner in which the qibla instrument is contracted is that you make a
round form of paper pasted together (waraq mutam¢asik) or qarō or the like.
You divide its circumference into 360 degrees, and you mark (the direction
of) the prayer-niches of the localities you choose, according to their qibla,
distinguished by an inscription indicating the locality."
From TWO EARLY ARABIC SOURCES ON THE MAGNETIC COMPASS by
Petra G. Schmidl

"There were other proximate currencies percolating throughout the Near East in pre-Islamic times, to be sure, including the Byzantine gold dinar and the Persian silver dirham. Indeed, the Qur'an explicitly mentions the dinar, [Qur'an, 3:75]the dirham, [Qur'an, 12:20] and the waraq [Qur'an, 18:19.] the latter defined by al-Mawardi also as a "silver coin," [Al-Mawardi, Al-Ahkam al-Sultaniyah (Cairo: Maktabat Mustafa al-Babi al-Halabi, 1973), 148] most probably of Himyaritic issue."

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