Journal of Social and Political
ISSN 2615-3718 (Online)
ISSN 2621-5675 (Print)
Published: 17 August 2023
Secret Societies and the Modern World, how has the Past Influenced the Present?
Salam Abdulqadir Abdulrahman
University of Human Development
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Keywords: Secret Societies, Modern World, Assassins, Knights Templar, Freemasonry
The influence of secret society organisations is not confined to a time in the past. It extends to today’s world. Many important events and phenomena in the modern world are linked to the ideologies and works of past secret societies. This study is an attempt to show the relevance of secret societies in the contemporary world. It looks at three organisations, two of which existed in medieval times and one that has survived to the present time, and shows how they have influenced our world. Suicide bombing and similar terrorist acts have roots in the Assassins; cultural protectionism against invading immigrants and the international banking system are argued to have been inspired by the Templars; secularism, awareness about political equality in the former European colonies and the philosophy on which the United States was founded are argued to have roots in the Freemasonry. The paper is an attempt to show that secret societies can be understood in a new light and used in the analysis of certain events and characteristics of the modern world.
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