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

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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 ce ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 8th 2006 by I. B. Tauris in Association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies (first published January 1st 2005)
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Paras Allana
Apr 18, 2012 Paras Allana rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This is not entirely academic and boring read. peter Willey has added a human element to it by expressing his view and experiences in his travels and research which makes it readable for general public. Still, this book managed to enlighten me in many ways. I have been fascinated with castles [generally] and medieval times always but I havent known much about them so I am glad I picked up this book and got enlightened about, at least, Ismaili castles.

Since I knew much of the history of the time
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Scott
Dec 31, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
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 for letting people know there's more to Iran than the narrow stereotype presented by the news.

I began by tracing the route of the Silk Route across northern Iran, but soon found myself hunting down every mention of a castle. How wonderful! How many Americans know that Iran is dotted with castles?

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