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The Assassin legends : myths of the Ismaʻilis

Author: Farhad Daftary
Publisher: London ; New York : Tauris ; New York : Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Papaerback edView all editions and formats
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For hundreds of years Westerners have been fascinated by stories of the Assassins, their mysterious leader and their remote mountain stronghold at Alamut in Northern Iran. The legends first emerged in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Crusaders in Syria came into contact with the Nazari Isma'ilis, one of the communities of Shi'ite Islam who, at the behest of their leader Hassan Sabaa (mythologized as the "Old Man of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Farhad Daftary
ISBN: 1850439508 9781850439509
OCLC Number: 33412670
Notes: Originally published : I.B. Tauris & Co., 1994.
Description: viii, 213 pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction ---
2. The Isma'ilis in history and in medieval Muslim writings ---
3. Medieval Muslim perceptions of Islam and the Isma'ilis ---
4. Origins and early formation of the legends ----
Appendixes: Silvestre de Sacyʹs Memoir on the "Assassins."
Other Titles: Myths of the Ismaʻilis
Responsibility: Farhad Daftary.

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Daftary traces the origins and early development of the legends of the Assassins of Northern Iran and Syria - as well as investigating the historical context in which they were fabricated and  Read more...

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Muslim News: "masterfully destroys [the Assassin] myth" "scholarly...easy-to-read" Journal of Semitics Studies: "Daftary's work combines factual history with the history of a fiction in a Read more...

 
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