posted on Jun, 13 2009 @ 12:40 AM
I've read Bernard Lewis's The Assassins, which the poster above mentioned. I enjoyed it and found it a solid and reasonably balanced look at
the phenomenon. Somebody has just put out a new book on them as well, I'm sorry but I can't remember the title or author. To be honest, my favorite
stuff comes from the Internet and my imagination, neither of which are particularly relable in a historical sense but it sure is one heck of a good
story, whatever the underlying truth, no?
Ah, fair Alimut, how I long for your sky-swathed turrets, your maiden-garlanded fastnesses, banners snapping smartly in the thin mountain air..I'd
give my right arm for an afternoon in Hassan's library, as well.
For some more florid, poetic takes on the subject, look into Hakim Bey and William Burroughs, who are fond of sprinking references to the Assasins
around their works. Robert Anton Wilson and Tim Leary are quite into the subject and often "riff" on it in their writings, with interesting
Personally, what most interests me is the philosophical aspect...clearly Hassan was a learned man and one of history's greatest private
librarians...I'd love to know more about his ideas about Ismailism. Ismailism spawned a number of peculiar offspring down through the ages, each of
which is fascinating in its own right. A profound and unusual theology. I'm a great sucker for the mystical/esoteric in all its forms, and even
"straight" Ismailism offers that in great abundance...
[edit on 6/13/09 by silent thunder]