The Eagle's Nest: Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria

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I.B.Tauris, 2005 - Architecture - 321 pages
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Magnificent castles and fortresses in remote, mountainous regions were built for refuge and defensive purposes by the Ismaili Muslims of Iran and Syria fleeing from persecution during the early middle ages. Often superior in construction to those built by the Crusaders, these castles withstood numerous offensives for over two centuries until the middle of the thirteenth century when most were captured and demolished by the Mongols. Peter Willey describes the discoveries he made during the course of more than 20 expeditions to these Ismaili sites spanning the past forty years. The book is illustrated with photographs, maps and plans. As well as being a piece of original scholarship, it is also a readable personal account of the challenges encountered in expeditions to remote, inaccessible and often hazardous locations.
  

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I found Willey's book a very engaging source for my project of locating interesting places in Iran. As war drums rumbled louder in the spring of 2012, I sought to turn my love of maps into a vehicle ... Read full review

Contents

Early History of the Ismailis i
3
The Rise and Fall of the Nizari Ismaili State
19
Hasan Sabbah and the Ismailis of Iran
21
RashidalDin Sinan and the Ismailis of Syria
38
Organisation and Ethos of the Ismaili State
52
The Mongol Conquest
69
The Castles of the Ismailis
87
The Strategy of Ismaili Castles
89
The Fortified Province of Qohistan
189
Castles of Isfahan and Arrajan
204
Citadels of the Syrian Mountains i
216
Citadels of the Syrian Mountains n
233
Badakhshan and Hunza
246
Epilogue
262
Research Expeditions led by the Author
268
n List of Ismaili Castles and Fortifications
270

Castles of the Alamut Valley I
103
Castles of the Alamut Valley n
128
The Mountain Fortresses of Qumes
147
Castles of the Qainat
167
in Ismaili Pottery from the Alamut Period
277
Bibliography
308
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Peter Willey is the world authority on the Ismaili castles of Iran and Syria He has written a number of books including The Castles of the Assassins (1963) which is still regarded as the standard work on the subject, and he has contributed to the Encyclopaedia Iranica on Islamic monuments.

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