About Assassins

The Assassins were an order of Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria that formed around 1091. Posing a strong military threat to Sunni Seljuq authority within the Persian territories, the Nizari Ismailis captured and inhabited many mountain fortresses under the leadership of Hassan-i Sabbah. The modern word 'assassin' is derived from their name. The name 'Assassin' is often said to derive from the Arabic Hashishin or 'users of hashish', to have been originally derogatory and used by their adversaries during the Middle Ages. The Masyaf branch of the Assassins was taken over by the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in 1273.

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