Friday, 30 August 2013


I had forgotten the connection between the two words, Hashish and Assassin. I was reminded of the connection whilst reading  a novel by Edeet Ravel.

See this:

"The Arabic (and now international) word "hashish" also acquired a new meaning at the time of the Crusades.

A twelfth-century sect of hashish users who lived in the area of the Golan Heights and who were in the habit of toking up before they set out on secret missions to assassinate their various enemies came to be known as  hashshashin. Hence the word 'assassin'"

Source "Ten Thousand Lovers" a novel by Edeet Ravel. Copyright 2003 by Edeet Ravel.  First USA publication by Perennial Books (Harper Collins) 2003

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