The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Apr 1, 2001 - Religion - 320 pages
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• 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.

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Chapter 1 An Introduction to Secret Societies
Part 1 Setting the Stage
Part 2 The Order of Assassins
Part 3 The Knights Templar
Part 4 Afterword
Appendix 1 The Nine Degrees of Wisdom
Appendix 2 The Book of the Knights of the Temple
Selected Bibliography
About the Author
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About the author (2001)

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

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