Peter Willey: “…the Ismailis were people of exceptional intelligence and sophistication…”

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“It is not power that rules, for power is, in the long run, neither strong nor holy. It is the rich warmth of human emotions, friendship and respect for others that builds and sustains.”
Peter Willey
Eagle’s Nest, Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria

Peter Willey: "...the Ismailis were people of exceptional intelligence and sophistication..."

“Charting the discoveries he made during the course of more than twenty expeditions, over the last forty years, Willey shows that – in contrast to the lurid tales of ‘hashish-crazed assassins’ – the Ismailis were people of exceptional intelligence and sophistication, who in these remote mountain fortresses were able to cultivate a rich intellectual and spiritual life…The very opposite of the ‘assassins’ of popular imagination, their architectural, intellectual, agricultural and military achievements in many respects surpass those of the Crusaders.”
Extracts from the front flap, Eagle’s Nest, Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria

“Whenever I travelled in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, I have taken…

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