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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The Assassins were generally young in age, giving them the physical strength and stamina which would be required to carry out these murders. Perhaps assassinw of this is due to the lack of source material, but if so, there was no such indication.

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But near the end of the 11th century, the charismatic and ruthless Hasan-i Sabbah forged this small, persecuted sect into one of the most lethally effective terrorist groups the world has ever known.

Following Muhammad’s death the Shia or “Party” of Ali believed he had been designated not merely as the political successor to Muhammad “Caliph” but also his spiritual successor “Imam”. One of their most prominent victims was the Seljuq vizier Nizam al-Mulkwho was stabbed by a Nizari fighter disguised as a Sufi mystic in A History of Secret Societies. Khur-Shah temporized until, in OctoberMongol forces converged on Rudbar from the south, north, and east and besieged him inside the fortress of Maimun-Diz.

Hasan soon followed up this victory with an even more devastating strike against the Seljuk state—one that would ensure a sinister place in history for both himself and the religious community he led. Unfortunately, most of the works written by the Nizaris have been totally destroyed and we are left with little more azsassins hundreds upon hundreds of titles of works that existed, but were systematically burned on the order of the Mongol conquerors of Syria and Iran in the 13th century.

However, it is unknown how Hassan-i-Sabbah was able to get his “Fida’in” to perform with such fervent ismaiil. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Retrieved from ” https: This sense of the term survived into modern times with the common Egyptian usage of the term Hashasheen in the s to mean simply “noisy or riotous”. Many converts were not happy with the way they were treated especially in Persia. Although Khur-Shah also sent assassjns to the Syrian Assassins commanding them to likewise submit to the Mongols, their castles were beyond the reach of the Mongol armies, and the Syrian branch of the order had been effectively independent for nearly a century.


After Alamut, Willey investigates the other Iranian Ismaili castles of the regions of Qumes, Khorassan, Qohistan and in the surroundings of the Seldjuk capital Isfahan.

This is a tradition first lsmaili by Hassan when he sent his wife and daughters to Girdkuh when assaxsins famine was created during the Seljuk siege of Alamut. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The first instance of murder in the effort to establish a Nizari Ismaili state in Persia is widely considered to be the killing of Seljuq vizierNizam al-Mulk.

First Period of Concealment: Within two generations, the Fatimid Caliphate would suffer several more splits and eventually implode. THe arabs would also resort to employing Turkish warrior slaves to fight their battles for them.

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Attaining the summit at Alamut is a breath-taking and exhilarating experience. For me it patches many areas in history as it moves across different times and regions. The Secret Order of Assassins: Through its use of eyewitness accounts from both Islamic and Western sources, This important new book unlocks much of the history of the Crusades and the early Islamic period, allowing the reader entry into a historical epoch that is epic, thrilling, startling and pertinent.

He continues to work at producing a life of the Crusader Bohemond of Taranto but knows it will never be finished. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. As their power ebbed, the Fatimids lost their conquests in Syria, Arabia, and their original base in Tunisia, reducing their empire to roughly the area of modern Egypt. With in Persia there would rise many independent statelets trig to run their own show, As Islam spread and the conflict between Sunni and Shiite got worse.


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These warriors were among isnaili best-trained and disciplined in the assassin world. In the third decade of the 13th century, however, a terrible new power arrived in the Middle East, one the Assassins ultimately proved unable to either intimidate or conciliate. Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. To be surre the assassins enjoyed a reputation of being able to kill any one at anywhere and any time.

Most of the Nizari Ismailis were killed and their mountaintop fortresses destroyed.

As their star rose, the Fatimids wssassins their capital in Cairo and developed ismailj institutional infrastructure to direct and support their missionary efforts abroad. After that they remained in Syria as vassals to the Turkish warlord there. During a period of rapid change, when Muslims no longer threatened were beginning to concern themselves with questions like “what does it mean to be a Muslim?

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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. This would help give rise to the Abbassid dynasty, a rival to the Sunni Ommayad Dynasty. Assassihs 25 June They accepted the leadership of caliphs who were not direct descendants of Ali.

Nor were the Nizaris unique in their use of political murder. List of Ismaili castles.

Andy Way rated it liked it Feb 24, The English monarch, Edward I, was very nearly poisoned and Richard the Lionheart s reputation was sullied by lsmaili association with the Assassins murder of Conrad of Montferrat. Of course all for this is lies it did not really go down that way, although there was proselytizing on the part of the old man of the mountain.