Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy  

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"I am led to believe, that among the Ismailites, those only were termed Hashishin, who were specially educated to commit murder, and who were, by the use of Hashish disposed to an absolute resignation to the will of their chief; this, however, may not have prevented the denomination from being applied to Ismailites collectively, especially among the Occidentals." --Silvestre de Sacy cited in The History of the Assassins: Derived from Oriental Sources (1818) by Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall

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Antoine Isaac, Baron Silvestre de Sacy (21 September 1758 - 21 February 1838), was a French nobleman, linguist and orientalist.

He wrote Mémoire sur la dynastie des assassins et sur l'origine de leur nom (1809), a "memoire" on the Order of Assassins .





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