High inside a secret mountain fortress, the Nizari Ismaili, a small Muslim sect, struck The original ‘Assassins’: Medieval warriors of Alamut. The Ismaili Assassins has 54 ratings and 9 reviews. Steve said: Legend has it that high inn the hills of Persia there existed lush castles with fragrant. A small Shiite sect more properly known as the Nizari Ismailis, the Assassins were relatively few, geographically dispersed, and despised as.

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Who Were the Assassins?

Far from being asassins addicts of hashish the word assassin is believed widely, but incorrectly, to derive from the word hashishin and a band of murderous brigands, the Ismailis were highly intelligent and devout Muslims serving their own Imam or spiritual leader the present Imam is the Aga Khan and asssasins to build a new and vigorous Islamic state independent of the Seljuqs who had conquered Iran in — Peter Willey, Geographical Magazine, UK, February He and his advisers proved utterly unequal to the challenge the Mongols presented.

Hasan—who, once ensconced in Alamut, was not to leave the rock for the next 35 years—therefore dispatched his chief subordinate to Kuhistan on another mission of evangelism and subversion.

The Secret Order assawsins Assassins: Isma’ili survivors made several attempts to recapture, and restore Alamut, and several other Isma’ili forts, but were defeated.

Within two generations, the Fatimid Caliphate would suffer several more splits and eventually implode. During the final stages of his plan, he is believed to have lived within the fortress – possibly working as a chef – under the pseudonym “Dihkunda. Fortunately I possessed sufficient knowledge of the period to put ismailii author’s coverage into perspective, but doubt that will be the case for the casual reader.

The tales of the fida’is ‘ training collected from anti-Ismaili historians and orientalist writers were compounded and compiled in Marco Polo’s account, in which he described a “secret garden of paradise”.


History of Nizari Ismailism

There, atop Mount Arafathe addressed the Muslim masses in what came to be known as the Farewell Sermon. Ridwan also recognized that the Assassins had their uses.

The spread of the term was further facilitated through military encounters between assxssins Nizaris and the Crusaderswhose chroniclers adopted the term and assassinw it across Europe. Shia Islam would break off into more sercts likes the twelve’s and the nizari.

In short I recommend this book to any reader interested in Islam and the modern conflict between radical Islam and the West. Even earlier, Dantein a passing reference in the 19th canto of the Infernospeaks asssassins ‘the treacherous assassin’ lo perfido assassin ; his fourteenth-century commentator Francesco da Buti, explaining a term which for some readers at the time may still have been strange and assaxsins, remarks: But when it comes to history I see more re The book is anything but boring.

Here we see the legendary water basin which filled itself up by collecting rainwater and melting snow from channels and canals on the mountains. One of the least known groups that is shrouded with mystery. Then, even as the embattled garrison atop Alamut concentrated on holding off the besieging Seljuk army, Hasan dispatched a single agent, a young Ismaili named Bu-Tahir, on a daring mission that required him to penetrate the heart of the Seljuk court.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The assassinations were committed against those whose elimination would most greatly reduce aggression against the Ismailis and, in particular, against those who had perpetrated massacres against the community. Hassan-i Sabbah is noted by Western writers to have been the leader of the legendary ” Assassins “. The Seljuk sultan Malik Shah and his aging but still formidable vizier, Nizam al-Mulk, dispatched armies to both Rudbar and Kuhistan to snuff out the spreading Ismaili infection.

The word ” assassin ” has been used ever since to describe a hired or professional killer, leading to the related term ” assassination “, which denotes any action involving murder of a high-profile target for political reasons.


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Nevertheless, the most acceptable etymology of the word assassin is the simple one: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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A very well written, researched history of a radical sect. Azsassins Edition Verified Purchase. Suicide was considered a deep dishonor and it was generally accepted that an Assassin had to die fighting rather than be captured.

assassisn Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Because of the unrest in the Holy Land caused by the CrusadesHassan-i Sabbah found himself not only fighting for power with other Muslimsbut also with the invading Christian forces.

Who Were the Assassins? |

Although their empire was destroyed in the 13th Century, have a controversial legacy which still resonates in the world today. A Radical Sect ismzili Islam p. The steep scree and sharp rocks are assassinns, especially in the intense heat and altitude of over metres — Peter Willey, Geographical Magazine, UK, February This is where myth and fact intersect.

Order of Assassins or simply Assassins is the common name used to refer to an Islamic sect formally known as the Nizari Ismailis.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The Hashashin were part of Medieval culture, and they were either demonized or romanticized. They often slew their victims in public, thereby cultivating their terrifying reputation.