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First Reader

Dr. Ray Franklin

Second Reader

Dr. Kevin C. Motl

Third Reader

Professor Eric Phillips


This thesis explores the possibility of a connection between the Shinobi of Japan and the Order of Assassins from the Middle East. There is evidence that these two secret societies of antiquity are related and that there might have been some level of interaction and/or connection between them. The aligning methodologies, the geopolitical circumstances, the transmission of culture, and the other organizations resembling these two groups establish a frightening level of similarity between them and support the existence of a historical connection. It is hoped that additional study will be undertaken with regards to this subject, and the author of this thesis implores the readership to take up the mantle and explore for themselves the lore and legend of the silent Shinobi of Japan and the infamous Order of Assassins.



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