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(Arab. hashashin, “hashish eaters”). Secret politico-religious Muslim sect of the Shi'ites*; founded 1090; flourished in Syria and Persia until suppressed in 13th c. Became terror by practicing “assassination.” Head, “Old Man of the Mountain,” had “assassins” drugged with hashish, intoxicating extract of hemp, before sending them on their murderous missions.

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