9780892818594

The Templars and the Assassins

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    9780892818594

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    089281859X

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  • Copyright: 2001-04-01
  • Publisher: Destiny Books
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Summary

• 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.

Author Biography

<p><b>The Templars and the Assassins:</b> <br><i>The Militia of Heaven</i> <p>Preface <br>1. An Introduction to Secret Societies <br>Part One: Setting the Stage <br>2. Historical Background of the Crusades <br>Part Two: The Order of Assassins <br>3. The Assassin Myth <br>4. Islamic Roots <br>5. Teachings of Ismailism <br>6. Enter Hasan <br>7. An Overview of Hasan's Assassins <br>8. After Hasan <br>9. The Syrian Assassins <br>10. The Nizari Ismailis Today <br>11. Reflections on the Assassin Order <br>Part Three: The Knights Templar <br>12. The First Crusade <br>13. An Overview of the Order <br>14. The Early Years <br>15. The Second Crusade <br>16. Saladin and the Battle of Hattin <br>17. The Third Crusade <br>18. The Fourth Crusade <br>19. The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade <br>20. The Fifth Crusade <br>21. The Sixth Crusade and the Battle of La Forbie <br>22. The Seventh Crusade and the Rise of Baybars <br>23. The Eighth Crusade and Final Defeat <br>24. The Last Years of the Knights Templar <br>25. The End of the Order <br>26. Reflections on the Templar Order <br>Part Four: Afterword <br>The Path of the Mysteries <br>Appendix One <br>Appendix Two <br>Endnotes <br>Selected Bibliography <br>Index <br>Maps

Table of Contents

Preface 11(15)
An Introduction to Secret Societies
15(10)
PART ONE Setting the Stage 25(36)
Historical Background of the Crusades
27(34)
PART TWO The Order of Assassins 61(90)
The Assassin Myth
63(3)
Islamic Roots
66(25)
Teachings of Ismailism
91(6)
Enter Hasan
97(10)
An Overview of Hasan's Assassins
107(6)
After Hasan
113(17)
The Syrian Assassins
130(11)
The Nizari Ismailis Today
141(7)
Reflections on the Assassin Order
148(3)
PART THREE The Knights Templar 151(96)
The First Crusade
153(3)
An Overview of the Order
156(14)
The Early Years
170(6)
The Second Crusade
176(5)
Saladin and the Battle of Hattin
181(7)
The Third Crusade
188(3)
The Fourth Crusade
191(2)
The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade
193(7)
The Fifth Crusade
200(2)
The Sixth Crusade and the Battle of La Forbie
202(4)
The Seventh Crusade and the Rise of Baybars
206(5)
The Eighth Crusade and Final Defeat
211(3)
The Last Years of the Knights Templar
214(9)
The End of the Order
223(18)
Reflections on the Templar Order
241(6)
PART FOUR Afterword 247(26)
The Path of the Mysteries
249(24)
Appendix One The Nine Degrees of Wisdom 273(4)
Appendix Two In Praise of the New Knighthood 277(10)
Endnotes 287(6)
Selected Bibliography 293(8)
Index 301

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