Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: A Deconstruction of the Last Words of Hassan-i Sabbah

Γράφει ο Brian D. Hodges (hajj@disinfo.net)
10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2001 »»

According to legend, the master of the Order of Assassins uttered the famous phrase “nothing is true, everything is permitted” on his deathbed prior to his soul departing for Hell. [1] This axiom has made its way into a number of historical accounts regarding Sabbah and the Nizari Isma'ilis. As with so much of the lore surrounding the “order”, it is likely that this quote is no more true than most of the other legends circulated by Western historians, medievalists, anarchists and occultists. It is worth looking into three competing explanations for how it found acceptance and examine the probabilities of each.