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23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic games

By |2018-05-08T15:25:26-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Africa, Games, Islam, West Asia|1 Comment

Medieval Islamic games: Muslims playing chess in Spain Chess from India The big new game of the Islamic Empire was chess. The Arabs learned to play chess from the Sassanians when they conquered them, and probably the Sassanians learned chess from people in India. Indian people themselves seem to have learned at least some version [...]

20 07, 2017

Indian games: ancient India

By |2019-09-17T11:36:24-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Indian games: A die found in excavations at a Harappan period site. Note that the six is not opposite the one. The first games in India People brought the idea of throwing the knucklebones of sheep or pigs to tell the future, or to play a game of skill like jacks, when they first came from Africa to India about 40,000 BC. [...]

23 06, 2017

When was backgammon invented?

By |2019-02-08T05:30:40-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central Asia, Games|1 Comment

Royal Game of Ur (2600 BC; British Museum) Backgammon's from older board games Backgammon is descended from much older board games from Africa and West Asia like Senet and Tabula and Nard. History of board games More West Asian games All our West Asia articles It's probably most closely related to the Royal [...]

11 06, 2017

Playing backgammon – West Asia projects

By |2018-04-07T17:04:21-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Games, West Asia|0 Comments

A backgammon board made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon Beginning about 3000 BC, backgammon was one of the most popular games in ancient Mesopotamia and elsewhere in West Asia (like in Persia (modern Iran)). You can make a backgammon board by painting on a piece of wood, and then making the [...]

31 05, 2017

Central Asian board games

By |2018-04-16T12:31:30-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Games|0 Comments

Kids playing knucklebones (Burma) Central Asian people played a lot of active games, but they also played games sitting down. Because Central Asian people spent a lot of time herding cattle and sheep, their most popular games involved small animal bones, mainly vertebrae, and the games were like the American game of jacks, or knucklebones. [...]