‘Nothing is true, everything is permitted’ - The Portrayal of the Nizari Isma’ilis in the Assassin’s Creed Game Series

Frank G. Bosman


Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed does a remarkable – though not flawless – job in presenting a well-balanced game narrative, which incorporates not only a historically justified representation of the Nizari Isma’ilis, but also implicitly corrects one of the most famous Western legends about the so-called ‘Assassins’.
In doing so, Ubisoft succeeds (at least partially) in discarding the stereotypical representation of Muslims/Arabs associated with Western orientalism, at the cost, however, of a multi-leveled but functionalistic view on the phenomenon of religion in the video game series with regards to the Assassin and Templar fractions.


Assassin's creed, islam, assassins, knight templars, nizari isma'ilites

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17885/heiup.rel.23546

URN (PDF): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heiup-rel-235468