The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam

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"Assassin" came to the West around the time of the Crusades, when it was the name of an Islamic sect feared by Crusaders and the Muslim establishment alike. This study traces the origins of the Assassin sect and chronicles both their doctrines and the life of their enigmatic founder.

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Bernard Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Formerly Professor of Middle Eastern History at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, 1949-74.

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"An interesting text, and I am pleased that it is available in an affordable format."--J.C. Robutson, Washington University

"Traces with an easy, almost conversational scholarship the emergence, triumph, and sudden demise of the Ismaili faith."--The New Yorker

"Learned, lucid, and elegant."--The Economist

"A very informative, interesting and thorough book."--Dhirendra Vajpey, University of Northern Iowa

"Excellently accurate...Professor Lewis has succeeded with his usual carefulness, probity, and skill."--Times Literary Supplement (London)

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