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Traces the history of a sect of people from the Levant Mountains from the 13th century to the present day.
|Preface to the 2003 Edition|
|1||The Discovery of the Assassins||1|
|3||The New Preaching||38|
|4||The Mission in Persia||64|
|5||The Old Man of the Mountain||97|
|6||Means and Ends||125|
Posted May 9, 2009
Illuminating and very informative. The writing is not chronologically arranged so it is difficult to move back and forth between time and place. The book should more properly be termed a history of the Ismaili sect(s).
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Posted January 26, 2004
This book is nothing but a one-sided view indicating author's inability to understand religion from its anthropological perspective. The work is not scholarly as it is misleading. I suggest titles such as 'The Fatimids and their traditions of learning' and 'The Assassin legends: Myths of the Ismailis'. After reading these two you will have a very different perspective of Ismialis, a well-respected and liberal sect of Islam that is known for its tradition of international service and philanthropy.
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