chapter  8
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[155] The Year 596 [1199–1200]

WithD.S. Richards

This chapter deals with the events of the year 596 (1199-1200) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of al-‘Adil’s taking power in Egypt. When al-‘Adil’s foot was well established in Egypt, he dropped the khutbah in the name of al-Mansur, al-‘Aziz’s son, in Shawwal and had it made in his own name. During this year on 20 Ramadan, Khwarazm Shah Tekesh ibn Il Arslan, lord of Khwarazm, Rayy and other parts of the Uplands, died in Shahristana between Nishapur and Khwarazm. He had travelled from Khwarazm to Khurasan, while suffering from quinsy. When Ghiyath al-Din, king of Ghazna, heard of the death of Khwarazm Shah, he ordered that his ceremonial music should not be sounded for three days and held a session of condolence, despite the enmity and hostility between them. A miscellaneous event that occurred in the year was the assassination of Nizam al-Mulk Mas‘ud ibn ‘Ali, the vizier of Khwarazm Shah Tekesh.