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Arb'ata 'Ashara DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Western Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Sow, Three rows


Arb'ata 'Ashara is a game known from medieval Islamic texts. It is mentioned with other known games such as Shatranj and Nard, but is not described in great detail. It is known to have had three rows, with pebbles placed in the holes as counters. Murray surmises it is a three-row mancala-style board game, but this is not confirmed.


Board with three rows. Pebbles placed in holes.

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Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.



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