Thus came the first name for Hassan's order....The Naziris.
Hassan cracked on with it and through preaching and gaining converts he got himself a hill fort, Alamut.
From there via extortion and protection rackets he went from strength to strength.
Anyway, to my point.
Hassan imposed a strict hierarchy on his followers:
- The lowest rank were "fidai" meaning devotee and they carried out assassinations for Hassan
- Next up were the lay brothers or "lasiq"
- Then "rafiq" or companion
- And "da'i" or teacher
- A group of senior da'i formed Hassan's Inner Circle
- Hassan himself, top dog