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

  • Frank G. Bosman (Author)
    Tilburg School of Catholic Theology

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Abstract

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.

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Published
2016-04-21
Language
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Keywords
Assassin's creed; islam; assassins; knight templars; nizari isma'ilites