Playing Chess - Medieval Islam Project
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Playing Chess

Playing Chess

Chess is an game that was very popular in the Islamic Empire that has not changed very much since the time of the Mamluks and Fatimids. You could do a simple project just by teaching the rules of chess and playing some games of chess, or you could hold a life-size human chess game.

Other activities:

* Chess
* Archery
* Bicycle polo


Bibliography and further reading about medieval Islamic games:

Birth of the Chess Queen : A History, by Marilyn Yalom (2004). How the game of chess changed from West Asia to Europe.

Arab Falconry: History of a Way of Life, by Roger Upton (2002).

Al-Mansur's Book on Hunting, by Sir Terence Clark and Muawiya Derhalli

A day in the Islamic Empire
More about the games people played in the Islamic Empire
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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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