The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven

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• An examination of the interactions of the Christian Knights Templar and their Muslim counterparts, the Assassins, and of the profound changes in Western society that resulted.

• Restores the reputation of the secret Muslim order of the Assassins, disparaged as the world's first terrorist group.

• Dispels many myths about the Knights Templar and provides the most incisive portrait of them to date.

A thousand years ago Christian battled Muslim for possession of a strip of land upon which both their religions were...

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Overview

• An examination of the interactions of the Christian Knights Templar and their Muslim counterparts, the Assassins, and of the profound changes in Western society that resulted.

• Restores the reputation of the secret Muslim order of the Assassins, disparaged as the world's first terrorist group.

• Dispels many myths about the Knights Templar and provides the most incisive portrait of them to date.

A thousand years ago Christian battled Muslim for possession of a strip of land upon which both their religions were founded. These Crusades changed the course of Western history, but less known is the fact that they also were the meeting ground for two legendary secret societies: The Knights Templar and their Muslim counterparts, the Assassins.

In The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven, occult scholar and secret society member James Wasserman provides compelling evidence that the interaction of the Knights Templar and the Assassins in the Holy Land transformed the Templars from the Pope's private army into a true occult society, from which they would sow the seeds of the Renaissance and the Western Mystery Tradition. Both orders were destroyed as heretical some seven hundred years ago, but Templar survivors are believed to have carried the secret teachings of the East into an occult underground, from which sprang both Rosicrucianism and Masonry. Assassin survivors, known as Nizari Ismailis, flourish to this day under the spiritual leadership of the Aga Khan. Wasserman strips the myths from both groups and penetrates to the heart of their enlightened beliefs and rigorous practices, delivering the most probing picture yet of these holy warriors.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher S. Hyatt
"A refreshing in-depth look at a critical point in the development of Western esotericism. Eschewing the speculations and wild imaginings with which much occult literature is rife, Wasserman weaves a fascinating tale based on factual data from the best scholarly sources. He is uniquely qualified to handle the subtleties and intricacies of the belief systems and dynamics of these two seminal secret societies."
Michael A. Aquino
"Wasserman adds profoundly to our understanding of the religious, ideological, and initiatory forces that shaped the development of Western civilization. [He] brings both impeccable scholarship and a rare gift for making even the most complex metaphysical concepts intelligible to his readers."
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"A refreshing in-depth look at a critical point in the development of Western esotericism. Eschewing the speculations and wild imaginings with which much occult literature is rife, Wasserman weaves a fascinating tale based on factual data from the best scholarly sources. He is uniquely qualified to handle the subtleties and intricacies of the belief systems and dynamics of these two seminal secret societies."

"Against a sweeping historical backdrop, Wasserman sheds new light on the interrelationship of these two most powerful orders of the late mediaeval Middle East, their spiritual ideals, and the perennial appeal of their myths."

"If you are interested in the factual stories of these extremely influential organizations, you will find this book fascinating."

"James Wasserman has done us all a great service by allowing us to access further insights into the beliefs and relevance of these traditions. One always looks forward to such well researched and eloquently written expositions."

"This book provides a fascinating, if speculative, insight into the secret life of the holy warriors of Christendom and Islam. Recommended."

"Wasserman adds profoundly to our understanding of the religious, ideological, and initiatory forces that shaped the development of Western civilization. [He] brings both impeccable scholarship and a rare gift for making even the most complex metaphysical concepts intelligible to his readers."

February 2002 The Cauldron
"This book provides a fascinating, if speculative, insight into the secret life of the holy warriors of Christendom and Islam. Recommended."
Hymenaeus Beta
"Against a sweeping historical backdrop, Wasserman sheds new light on the interrelationship of these two most powerful orders of the late mediaeval Middle East, their spiritual ideals, and the perennial appeal of their myths."
Elias Ibrahim
"James Wasserman has done us all a great service by allowing us to access further insights into the beliefs and relevance of these traditions. One always looks forward to such well researched and eloquently written expositions."
The Cauldron
"This book provides a fascinating, if speculative, insight into the secret life of the holy warriors of Christendom and Islam. Recommended."
Mike Gleason
"If you are interested in the factual stories of these extremely influential organizations, you will find this book fascinating."
Cauldron
This book provides a fascinating, if speculative, insight into the secret life of the holy warriors of Christendom and Islam. Recommended...
Hymenaeus Beta
Against a sweeping historical backdrop, Wasserman draws his own conclusions about the interrelationship of these two most powerful orders of the late mediaeval Middle East, shedding new light on their spiritual ideals and the perennial appeal of their myths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818594
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 359,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Wasserman is the author and designer of several heralded works on the occult, including Art and Symbols of the Occult (Inner Traditions) and The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Chronicle Books). A twenty-five-year member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, he lives in New York.
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Table of Contents


Preface

1. An Introduction to Secret Societies

Part One: Setting the Stage

2. Historical Background of the Crusades

Part Two: The Order of Assassins

3. The Assassin Myth
4. Islamic Roots
5. Teachings of Ismailism
6. Enter Hasan
7. An Overview of Hasan's Assassins
8. After Hasan
9. The Syrian Assassins
10. The Nizari Ismailis Today
11. Reflections on the Assassin Order

Part Three: The Knights Templar
12. The First Crusade
13. An Overview of the Order
14. The Early Years
15. The Second Crusade
16. Saladin and the Battle of Hattin
17. The Third Crusade
18. The Fourth Crusade
19. The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade
20. The Fifth Crusade
21. The Sixth Crusade and the Battle of La Forbie
22. The Seventh Crusade and the Rise of Baybars
23. The Eighth Crusade and Final Defeat
24. The Last Years of the Knights Templar
25. The End of the Order
26. Reflections on the Templar Order

Part Four: Afterword
The Path of the Mysteries

Appendix One

Appendix Two

Endnotes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Maps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Timely, a must to understand why the west is at war with Islam

    Both the Templars and the Assassins are extremes in their respective religions. While this book does a honest job at presenting both groups fairly, the chapters on Assassins give the reader an insight into modern militant Islam. I seriously recommend this book for US law enforcement and policy makers, as within the space of one day the reader will understand the historical mind set behind suicide - homocide bombers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

    A easy to read but informative introduction.

    I found this book to be very easy to read while at the same time being very informative. Unlike many history books that may seem overwhelming to most readers, this book is far being stale or boring in the slightest and will keep the reader interested throughout the course of the book. The book starts off with a thorough introduction to the history and background of both groups going as far back as the births of Islam and Christianity, it also introduces readers to the idea of what a secret order really is and how that applies to both groups featured in this book. After the introductions the book goes into great detail about both groups, it gets deep down to the history, purpose, leaders, agendas, and motives of each group and ties it all together by answering the whys and hows of each situation. Aside from text the book also contains maps showing the locations of major cities at the time in relation to Assassin and Templar strongholds. All in all I'd give this book a thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone who would like a thorough and unbiased introduction to either group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Very informative

    This is a very informative.and well written book

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