- "I too, was making a small sacrifice. It matters little now. Your deed is done, and so am I."
- ―Jubair falling to Altaïr's blade.[src]
Jubair al Hakim (unknown - 1191) was the Chief Scholar of Damascus and a member of the Knights Templar. He was one of the nine men eliminated by the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad – his death, like those of his Templar brothers, was ordered by Al Mualim. Jubair was situated in Damascus' Middle District.
The learned scholarEdit
- "Is it not ancient scrolls that inspire the Crusaders? That fill Salahadin and his men with a sense of righteous fury? Their texts endanger others, bring death in their wake."
- ―Jubair to Altaïr.[src]
Unknown to many, Jubair secretly became a Templar at some point in his life, and along with nine other Templars guarded the secrets of a Piece of Eden.
Also known as the head of "The Illuminated", Jubair al Hakim led his fellow Damascan scholars. However, the Templar ideology caused his view of literature to turn into a hatred. Rather than seeking knowledge, he influenced the scholars to begin hunting down and incinerating all sources of written knowledge within Damascus, believing the documents to be the source of evil and hatred in the world. This in turn led them to blame the war between the Saracens and the Crusaders on written documents, as it was the Bible that drove the Crusades.
Jubair al Hakim had disdain for the works of many writers such as Plato and Socrates. He was a ruthless man, with little tolerance towards any who opposed him. He believed that the illness of learning had to be eliminated, because it fixed people in their ways, preventing them from finding their true calling.
- "Am I not unlike those precious books you seek to save? A source of knowledge with which you disagree? Yet you're rather quick to steal my life."
- ―Jubair to Altaïr[src]
In 1191, Altaïr made his way to Damascus to take the life of the Chief Scholar, and after several investigations – in which he learned of the planned book burnings – he sought out Jubair.
Altaïr witnessed Jubair and a few of his followers in a courtyard, adding scripts to a roaring fire, which disgusted the Assassin to the point that he had to restrain himself from intervening, since the destruction of knowledge was abhorred by the Assassins and their Creed. While the rest of his followers added fuel, a man began to argue with Jubair, claiming the scripts to be gifts, not curses. Jubair asked the man if he truly loved his books, to which the scholar responded that he did.
In a fit of rage, Jubair pushed the man onto the pile of burning scripts and watched him die. After asking the rest of his followers if anyone wished to join him, the scholars set out to conduct bonfires throughout the city.
Altaïr had to track down the actual Jubair among dozens of his followers wearing the same uniform, though eventually he found Jubair near the Madrasah Al-Kallāsah. Unsuspecting and unaware of the nearby Assassin, Altaïr quickly killed him with his Hidden Blade in the courtyard. With his dying words, Jubair claimed that he merely sought to free people from the books, which he believed made them ignorant and foolish, so that they could think for themselves again.
Personality and characteristicsEdit
Jubair was a man of strong beliefs who had faith in his cause, as well as that of the Templars'. Believing people to be too dependent on scriptures, he decided to burn all written texts in Damascus, intent on freeing the people of their ignorance.
Despite his plans to burn all of the literature, Jubair was an intelligent man. He did not follow orders simply because they were given to him, but he acted on his own thoughts, having given the subject adequate thought. He justified his actions by stating the war between King Richard and Saladin had been started by ancient scrolls, and that the world would have been better without them.
However, Jubair was also a violent man, who was easily angered and would not allow anything to get in his way. As exemplified when one of his disciples doubted his actions, Jubair didn't hesitate to throw him onto the pile of burning books, and he even went so far as to watch how his former companion suffered a painful death in the flames.
- Jubair al Hakim may have been inspired by the Arab-Spanish geographer, traveler, and poet Ibn Jubayr.
- Like Talal and Sibrand, vigilantes would stop Jubair if he attempted to flee.
- The name "Jubair" means "the forced one", which may refer to his actions through force. In Arabic, "Al Hakim" means "the wise one".
- In Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad mentions that his father would have been disgusted at the sight of Jubair burning books because his father loved books and knowledge.
- Out of all the assassination targets of Assassin's Creed, Jubair al Hakim is the only one not featured in its mobile adaptation, with the game even specifically stating that there were eight Templars instead of nine. Instead, whereas seven of the targets of the game have a specific level devoted to them, with three levels per city, Tamir, who would have shared the same city as Jubair (i.e. Masyaf which replaced Damascus), exclusively has two levels, where in Altaïr fails to locate him in the first one. This is as though Tamir's extra level replaced what otherwise would have been for Jubair.