background Ludii Portal
Home of the Ludii General Game System


Home Games Forum Downloads References Concepts Contribute Tutorials Tournaments World Map Ludemes About

Ottoman Mancala DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Sow, Two rows


A two-row mancala-style board game was played in the Ottoman Empire. It was played in coffee houses and other public venues, and was played by men and women. It is mostly attested in artistic depictions in the early Modern period.


2x6 holes. Multiple counters in each hole. Two players.



Ludeme Description

Ottoman Mancala.lud


Browse all concepts for Ottoman Mancala here.

Evidence Map

1 pieces of evidence in total. Browse all evidence for Ottoman Mancala here.

Click on any marker or highlighted region to view the evidence relating to it.
To view all regions, please select it from the category options below.

Evidence category:

Evidence coloured based on:

Map style:


Değirmenci, T. 2020. Games as a Sign of Social Status: Backgammon in Ottoman Literature and Visual Culture. In V. Kopp and E. Lapina (eds.), Games and Visual Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Turnhout: Brepols, 145-171.



     Contact Us

lkjh Maastricht University Department of Advanced Computing Sciences (DACS), Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1, 6229 EN Maastricht, Netherlands Funded by a €2m ERC Consolidator Grant (#771292) from the European Research Council