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Hasan Bin Sabbah and the Secret Order of Hashishins

[disinfo ed.'s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on March 22, 2001.]

Hassan-I-Sabbah . . . the only spiritual leader with anything to say in the Space Age. – William S. Burroughs

Nothing is True, Everything is Permissible. – Hasan bin Sabbah

The story of Hasan bin Sabbah is a tale of sex, drugs, myth, and murder. A secluded mountain fortress, a paradisial garden, poison dipped daggers, and covert political maneuverings are the ingredients of this alchemical mixture, which is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing true stories ever told.

Hasan bin Sabbah – businessman, scholar, heresiarch, mystic, murderer, ascetic, and political revolutionary – was born in Persia (Iran) around 1034. As a child, the man who would one day claim to be the incarnation of God on earth (probably just another way of saying he was Enlightened) was a diligent student of theology.

Supposedly, Hasan was schoolmates with Nizamul Mulk (the future vizier to the sultan of Persia) and Omar Khayyam (the great poet/astronomer/mathematician).… Read the rest

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