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n. 1 A castle in Alamut region which functioned as the main stronghold of the Nizari Ismaili state. 2 A region in modern-day Qazvin province of Iran.

Alamut (disambiguation)

Alamut, is a region in north of Qazvin province, Iran.

Alamut may also refer to:

  • Alamut Castle, a mountain fortress in Alamut region
  • Alamut state, or the Nizari Ismaili state, founded by Hassan-i Sabbah
  • Alamut series, a 1991 series of novels by Judith Tarr about the Alamut fortress
  • Alamut (Bartol novel), a 1938 novel by Vladimir Bartol about the Hashshashin and named after the Alamut fortress
  • Alamut River, Iran
  • Alamut, Bozdoğan, a village in the district of Bozdoğan, Aydın Province, Turkey
Alamut (Bartol novel)

Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartol, first published in 1938 in Slovenian, dealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashin, and named after their Alamut fortress.

Bartol first started to conceive the novel in the early 1930s, when he lived in Paris. In the French capital, he met with the Slovene literary critic Josip Vidmar, who introduced him to the story of Hassan-i Sabbah. A further stimulation for the novel came from the assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia perpetrated by Croatian and Bulgarian radical nationalists, on the alleged commission of the Italian Fascist government. When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini.

The maxim of the novel is "Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted".

This book was one of the inspirations for the video game series Assassin's Creed.


Alamut Geographic Region (; Alamūt) is a region in Iran including western and eastern parts in the western edge of the Alborz (Elburz) range, between the dry and barren plain of Qazvin in the south and the densely forested slopes of the Mazandaran province in the north. Starting from Qazvin toward Alamut, passing through the first range of hills, curvatures, forms, scars, wrinkles are significant themes in nature's composition of this area. Two big citadels of Ismailis, Lambsar and Alamut castles, are in this area. Hassan-i Sabbah and his Hashshashin controlled the area for many years.

Usage examples of "alamut".

After his return to Persia he obtained the stronghold of Alamut in the mountains north-west of Rayy.

To Bu Ali, who had returned to his duties with the slave master Mamud, he sent word that it was to be arranged for him to go to Apnea and to observe the actions of Kasim and to make certain the scarred one was returned to Castle Alamut with all dispatch, even if it meant that Bu Ali took over the job which Kasim was sent to do.

True, Alamut eventually fell, under the pressure of the Mongols, but the Ismaili sect survived throughout the East: it mingled with non-Shiite Sufism, it generated the terrible sect of the Druzes, and it survived finally among the Indian Khojas, the followers of the Aga Khan, not far from the site of Agarttha.