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The Assassins/Hashashin: A Fantasy of the Orient

The Assassins/Hashashin: A Fantasy of the Orient

Historically, the Assassins, or 'Hashashin', as they are known in their land of origin, were a mysterious sect of the Shi’ite Nizari Ismailis in Persia,…

Hashish and the European-Orientalist Fantasy

Hashish and the European-Orientalist Fantasy

Hashish, or cannabis; a substance that historically entranced the Western imagination with the “magic of the Orient”, like a lamp that sets forth the genie…

Sex, Wine, and Animals: The Caprices of the Caliphs

Sex, Wine, and Animals: The Caprices of the Caliphs

According to Muslim scholars, “If the caliph is to become utterly mad after being installed, the legitimacy for his leadership shall be null and void.”…