In the ancient Middle East, a game called “Qirkat” was first mentioned in the 10th century by Abu al-Faraj in his 24-volume work, “The Book of Songs.” When the Moors invaded Spain, they brought this game with them, and by the 13th century, “El-quirkat” had become very popular. It was played in the court of King Alfonso the tenth of Castile, and still popular in various forms throughout the Mediterranean region, and beyond. It is the ancestor of the game of checkers and other jump-and-capture games.
This game can be played by 2 players ages 6 and up. One game of Alquerques takes about 10 Minutes to play.