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NCJ Number: 62713 Find in a Library
Title: ASSASSINS - A RADICAL SECT IN ISLAM
Author(s): B LEWIS
Corporate Author: Basic Books
United States of America
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 166
Sponsoring Agency: Basic Books
New York, NY 10022
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A DETAILED HISTORICAL ACCOUNT IS PRESENTED OF THE ISMAILI ASSASSINS, A SPLINTER SECT OF MOSLEMS NOTORIOUS FOR USING TERRORISM AND MURDER AGAINST OPPONENTS.
Abstract: THE BOOK ANALYZES HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS OF THE ASSASSINS, FROM MEDIEVAL TO MODERN TIMES. THE ISMAILIS FOLLOW A LONG TRADITION THAT GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF ISLAM, A TRADITION OF POPULAR AND EMOTIONAL CULTS IN SHARP CONTRAST WITH THE LEARNED AND LEGAL RELIGION OF THE ESTABLISHED ORDER. THE ISMAILIS WERE THE FIRST SECT TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE AND ENDURING ORGANIZATION THAT EMPHASIZED CLOSE BONDS OF LOYALTY TO COMRADES AND DEVOTION TO LEADERS. CONSIDERED THE FIRST TERRORISTS, THEY WERE THE FIRST TO USE PLANNED, SYSTEMATIC, LONG-TERM TERROR AS A POLITICAL WEAPON. THE PURPOSE OF THE ASSASSINS WAS TO DESTROY THE SUNNI ORDER, THE LEADING MOVEMENT IN ISLAM. THROUGH MURDER, THEY ATTEMPTED TO FRIGHTEN, WEAKEN, AND ULTIMATELY OVERTHROW THE SUNNI ESTABLISHMENT. THE FOLLOWING CONCLUSIONS ARE MADE ABOUT THE ASSASSINS: (1) THEY WERE REGARDED AS A PROFOUND THREAT TO THE EXISTING ISLAMIC ORDER; (2) THEY WERE ONE IN A LONG SERIES OF MESSIANIC MOVEMENTS; (3) THEY SUCCEEDED IN RESHAPING AND REDIRECTING THE VAGUE DESIRES AND AIMLESS RAGE OF THE DISCONTENTED INTO AN ORGANIZED, COHESIVE IDEOLOGY WITHOUT PARALLEL; AND (4) THEY SIGNIFICANTLY FAILED TO ACCOMPLISH AN OVERTHROW OF THE EXISTING ORDER. THE BOOK CONTAINS A LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS, ILLUSTRATIONS, MAPS, REFERENCE NOTES, AND AN INDEX. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Assassination; Reference materials; Religion; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorism/Mass Violence
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