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With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut tells the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army of devotees who were willing to kill, and be killed, in order to achieve paradise. Following the attacks of September 11, , the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20, copies in a new Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation. The Alamut of the title is a remote fortress in 11th century Persia where a charismatic leader Hasan ibn Sabbah is training his own army of devoted Feyadeen young men who are willing to kill and die for him alone as they believe he has the keys to paradise with this army he plans to turn himself into the prophet al Mahdi and to gain control of the entire region in the name of his people the Ismaili. The setting is enchanting and the narrative reads almost like a fairy tale, however this is a book with a purpose. It is a historically informative book explaining in simple terms the differences between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims without taking sides and without demonizing anyone.

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With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut tells the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army of devotees who were willing to kill, and be killed, in order to achieve paradise.

Following the attacks of September 11, , the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20, copies in a new Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation.

The Alamut of the title is a remote fortress in 11th century Persia where a charismatic leader Hasan ibn Sabbah is training his own army of devoted Feyadeen young men who are willing to kill and die for him alone as they believe he has the keys to paradise with this army he plans to turn himself into the prophet al Mahdi and to gain control of the entire region in the name of his people the Ismaili. The setting is enchanting and the narrative reads almost like a fairy tale, however this is a book with a purpose.

It is a historically informative book explaining in simple terms the differences between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims without taking sides and without demonizing anyone. While it is clear Hasan is not a good man, the people who follow him are individuals with their own reasons, motivations and understanding.

That said, this was a good read and I would recommend it to others. Alamut has the tone and structure reminiscent of fantasy and fairy tales, but it is anything but fantasy and is based loosely on historical events. I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. I found the storytelling compelling and it drew me in immediately. The style seems similar to that found in fantasy novels but the amount of historical detail and research pulls it out of the realm of fantasy into social commentary and historical fiction.

Bartol creatures a terrifying picture of how cult-like fanaticism is created and maintained. He also presents readers with an interesting history of conflict between Shiites and Sunnis. The speaker was a psychologist who has spend time researching various terrorist groups including the Tamil Tigers.

He spoke about the psychological reasons why these groups exist and are so successful in recruitment of followers. Bartol highlighted those same factors in his book giving us a glimpse into why people become radicalized.

Bartol took years to write this book and initially tried to dedicate the book to Benito Mussolini. He could have easily have dedicated it to any modern day tyrant. Reblogged this on Book Reviews and Author Interviews. Like Like. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartol , first published in in Slovenian , dealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashin , and named after their Alamut fortress. Bartol first started to conceive the novel in the early s, when he lived in Paris. In the French capital, he met with the Slovene literary critic Josip Vidmar , who introduced him to the story of Hassan-i Sabbah. A further stimulation for the novel came from the assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia perpetrated by Croatian and Bulgarian radical nationalists, on the alleged commission of the Italian Fascist government. When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini.

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I found this book to be a very interesting and exciting read. Even though it was written in it is very prevalent today. The characters are well developed and the plot is entertaining which makes the book hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to others. This is the story of one man's resentment and ambition led him to build over the course of his life first a reputation, then a following, then a religious sect and an army of fanatics, convinced that An early follower of Jung and Freud, and Slovenia's first translator of Nietzsche, Bartol wanted to fuse psychology and literature with the story of the world's first terrorist to tell the story of Mussolini. Bartol's view of Mussolini was ambiguous; he originally wanted to dedicate Alamut to the dictator, but was convinced otherwise by his publisher.

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