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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Ali would become a caliph after Abu Bakr passed on and two more would take his place and die. This article has multiple issues. Even the European leaders were spooked. Few people know the truth about the enigmatic organization known as the Ksmaili, an underground group of political killers, they were ready to kill Christians and Muslims alike with complete disregard for the consequences of their actions.

Upon becoming Imam, Karim’s immediate concern was the preparation of his followers, wherever they lived, for the changes that lay ahead. Thanks to the author Valerie Gonzales and others who contributed to the piece. To ask other readers questions about The Ismaili Assassinsplease sign up. He recounts a story he heard of a man who would drug his young followers with hashishlead them to a “paradise”, and then claim that only he had the means to allow for their return.

The spread of the term was further facilitated through military encounters between the Nizaris and the Crusaderswhose chroniclers adopted the iskaili and disseminated it across Europe. The Aga Khan resided in Canada in early May He first dispatched Ismaili missionaries into the communities around Alamut to win converts. The modern Nizari faith refers to itself as a tariqa or “path”, the term for a Sufi order, following centuries hiding from oppression as a Twelver Nimatullahi tariqa. And it is probably for this reason that the Nizari Ismaili community were subject to demonization.

It is difficult for me to put my finger on exactly the cause, but perhaps the book was simply too short for its subject and given the range of years it covers, quite possibly another pages were needed. The Aga Khan travelled throughout the Diamond Jubilee year to countries where his humanitarian institutions operate to launch new programs that help alleviate poverty and increase access to education, housing and childhood development.


The atrium is an interior space to be used all year round. Starting with the death of Mohammed there was a controversy about who should succeed him. A very well written, researched history of a radical sect.

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English translation in F. When most of the garrison had been won over to Ismailism, Hasan himself slipped secretly into the castle on September 4, I was left with ismail sense of having read a tome that went on and on, but never really got into the details of what really happened. Retrieved from ” https: One person found this helpful. In the third decade of the 13th century, however, a terrible new power arrived in the Ismailo East, one the Assassins ultimately proved unable to either intimidate or conciliate.

The Ismaili Assassins: A History of Medieval Murder

On the evening of October 16,Nizam al-Mulk had joined Malik Shah in his tent for the feast breaking the Ramadan fast. The Seljuk sultan Malik Shah and his aging but still formidable vizier, Nizam al-Mulk, dispatched is,aili to both Rudbar and Kuhistan to snuff out the spreading Ismaili infection.

Spending most of his days at Alamut producing religious works and developing doctrines for his Order, Sabbah would never leave his fortress again in his lifetime. Tauris,London — New York, pages, hard back. To die while assassinating your target wass the quickest way there. At their peak, many of the assassinations of the day were often attributed to the hashashin. Even the most powerful and carefully guarded rulers of the age—the Abbasid isamili Fatimid caliphs, the sultans and viziers of the Great Seljuk and Ayyubid empires, the princes of the Crusader states, and emirs who ruled important cities like Damascus, Homs, and Mosul—lived in dread of the chameleonlike Assassin agents.

No trivia or quizzes yet. These warriors were among the best-trained and disciplined in the known world. As Islam itself spread they conquered Syria,Babylon and Persia.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Later when the Khrarazin were destroyed and the Mongoils made their way to Baghdad, under Helegu Khanwould later betray the assassins and force them to leave their castles, in Persia. Assaults on the Crusaders of Syria led to warnings of agents planted in European courts ready to commit murder at the bidding of their master. In the end Abu Bakr was chosen.


The author includes a useful timeline and lists of rulers in the Middle East, and the presentation of the origins of the Assassins in the Shia-Sunni conflicts is valuable in assisting the reader in obtaining good background, but then the book meanders and the lack of continuity works against its theme.

The Hashashin were part of Medieval culture, and they were either demonized or romanticized. Retrieved September 15, The passage in question relates the capture without bloodshed of the Alamut fortress under Seljuk authority and begins thus: They would fight with the Khwarazim Turks and the assasskns were allies with the mongols at first. It is unlikely that the austere Hassan-i Sabbah indulged personally in drug taking While some had already accepted him as the Imam following the death of Jafar as-Sadiq, Abdullah’s supporters now aligned themselves with him giving him the majority of the Shia.

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Email required Address never assassjns public. Retrieved from ” https: Then, even as the embattled garrison atop Alamut concentrated on holding off the besieging Seljuk assssins, 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. While he assembled the accounts of many Western travellers, the author failed to explain the etymology of the term Assassin.