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Old Man of the Mountain (Assassin)

Old Man of the Mountain (Assassin)

The Old Man of the Mountain (Arabic: شيخ الجبل, romanized: Shaykh al-Jabal, Latin: Vetulus de Montanis), is the expression used by Marco Polo in a passage from Book of the Marvels of the World, to indicate Hassan-i Sabbah, the grand master of the Order of Assassins, who took refuge in Alamut Castle. It later became a common name used by the Crusaders.

Subsequently, this nickname was given to various Isma'ili successors of Hassan, in Syria, particularly, for example Rashid al-Din Sinan, the da'i (missionary) and a leader of the Syrian branch of the Nizari Isma'ili state.



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