Assassin’s Creed Mirage: Explore the Golden Age of Baghdad

Assassin’s Creed Mirage, The new video game attempts to offer a glimpse of Baghdad, once the capital of an empire and the centre of the Islamic world.

What was the Abbasid Caliphate? The Abbasid Caliphate was a dynasty that ruled from 750 to 1258 AD. It was founded by a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle, Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib.

Assassin's Creed Mirage
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How was Baghdad founded? The second Abbasid caliph, al-Mansur, decided to build Baghdad as the new capital in 762 AD. He chose a location between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers with fertile soil and access to water and food sources.

What was Baghdad like back then? Baghdad was a circular city with a mosque and a caliphal palace at the center. It was a major center of commerce and learning, and attracted merchants, scholars, doctors, artists, and builders from all over the world.

What was the House of Wisdom? The House of Wisdom was a grand library and intellectual center in Baghdad. It housed books and scholarly works of all origins, and attracted many scholars to the city.

How did the Abbasid Caliphate end? In 1258 AD, Mongol forces led by Hulagu Khan laid siege to Baghdad and eventually razed it to the ground. The House of Wisdom was also destroyed, and the Abbasid Caliphate came to an end.

Conclusion Assassin’s Creed Mirage attempts to give players a glimpse into the rich and diverse history of the Abbasid Caliphate during the Islamic Golden Age. The game is set in the 9th century, during the rule of the Abbasid Caliph al-Mansur.

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