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Qirkat DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Western Asia

Category Reconstruction, Done, Board, War, Leaping, Lines


Qirkat is a game that was played in the Middle Ages in west Asia, probably originating in the Arabian peninsula. It was typically made on the ground, and has been found only as graffiti at several archaeological sites.


5x5 intersecting lines with diagonals in the four quadrants formed.

These rules were taken from the Historical Information ruleset.

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Qirkat (Ludii 1) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 2) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 3) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 4) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 5) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 6) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 7) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 8) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 9) Reconstructed with Ludii
Qirkat (Ludii 10) Reconstructed with Ludii

Incomplete rulesets
Historical Information Rules from DLP evidence.



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Amitai-Preiss, N. 1997. 'Arabic inscriptions, graffiti and games.'In Y. Hirschfeld, The Roman Baths of Hamat Gader: Final Report. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society. pp. 267–278.

Schiettecate, J. and P. Siméon. (Area N6): Building 1—The Great Mosque. In J. Schiettecate and A. Alghazzi (eds.) Al-Kharj I: Report on Two Excavation Seasons in the Oasis of Al-Kharj. 2011-2012 Saudi Arabia. Riyadh: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

Schiettecatte, J., C. Darles and P. Siméon. 2019. A Friday Mosque Founded in the Late First Century A.H. at al-Yamamah: Origins and Evolution of Islamic Religious Architecture in Najd. Proceedings of the Seminar for South Arabian Studies 49: 247-264.



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