The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam

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The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam
2002 edition
Author Bernard Lewis
Language English
Subject Assassins
Genre History
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Oxford University Press, Basic Books
Publication date
1967, 1987, 2002
Media type Print
Pages 166 (3rd ed.)
ISBN 9780465004980 (3rd ed.)
OCLC 1740057

The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam is a book, first published in 1967, written by Middle-East historian Bernard Lewis, and published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.[1][2][3][4] An updated edition was published by Oxford University Press in 1987, and another[5] in 2002 by Basic Books.[6][7]


Lewis, a British-American professor of history at Princeton University, traces the history of the secret Islamic sect known as the Assassins, an order of the Nizari Ismailis that used assassinations throughout the Middle Ages to achieve political, military, and religious goals.[8][9][10][11]

The book has been noted for its arguments linking of the early assassins with modern Islamic terrorism.[4][10][11]


  1. ^ "Reviews : Bernard Lewis. The Assassins : A Radical Sect in Islam. London, Weiden feld and Nicolson, 1967. p. 166.". International Studies. SAGE. 11 (1): 103–04. July 1969. doi:10.1177/002088176901100108. 
  2. ^ Boyle, JA (April 1969). "The Assassins: a radical sect in Islam. By Bernard Lewis, pp. 166, 14 ill., 2 maps. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Cambridge Journals. 101 (2): 171–72. doi:10.1017/S0035869X00127662. 
  3. ^ Rodinson, Maxime (2009). "Bernard Lewis: The Assassins: a radical sect in Islam. X, 166 pp., 8 plates. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, [1967]. 30s.". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 32 (03): 612. ISSN 0041-977X. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00097238. 
  4. ^ a b Rushby, Kevin (22 September 2001). "Passports to Paradise: Review: The Assassins by Bernard Lewis". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Assassins : a radical sect in Islam (Book, 1987)". WorldCat. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Pape, Robert (28 May 2006). "SUICIDE TERRORISM: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE : Death wishes". Sunday Observer. Sri Lanka. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Crenshaw, Martha (1995). Terrorism in context. Penn State Press. pp. 554–. ISBN 9780271010151. Retrieved 4 April 2012. This work has become the standard work on the topic, and my brief discussion of Lewis' findings in no way does justice... 
  8. ^ Hoffman, Bruce (1995). ""Holy terror": The implications of terrorism motivated by a religious imperative". Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. 18 (4): 271–84. ISSN 1057-610X. doi:10.1080/10576109508435985. The most detailed and comprehensive study of the group can be found in Bernard Lewis, The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam (London: A1 Saqi Books, 1985). 
  9. ^ Ajami, Fouad (1 October 2006). "Fouad Ajami: The new boys of terror". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Pages, Meriem (2007). The image of the assassins in medieval European texts. ProQuest. pp. 33–35. ISBN 9780549171683. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Hentsch, Thierry (1992). Imagining the Middle East. Black Rose Books Ltd. pp. 193–94. ISBN 9781895431124. Retrieved 4 April 2012.