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Templars and the Assassins, The - The Militia of Heaven

Templars and the Assassins, The - The Militia of Heaven
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Author Name James Wasserman


The Templars and the Assassins:
The Militia of Heaven

by James Wasserman

About the Book

  • 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.

About the Author

James Wasserman is the author and designer of several heralded works on the occult, including Inner Traditions' Art and Symbols of the Occult and Chronicle Books' version of The Egyptian Book of the Dead. A 25-year member of the secret society Ordo Templi Orientis, he lives in New York.

Table of Contents

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
Selected Bibliography

320 pages, 6 x 9, softbound

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