The Year 599 [1202–1203]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 599 (1202-1203) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the siege of Mardin by al-‘Adil’s army and the agreement reached with its ruler. In Muharram that year, al-‘Adil Abu Bakr ibn Ayyub, lord of Damascus and Egypt, sent an army with his son al-Ashraf Musa to Mardin. They besieged the town and appointed prefects over its dependencies. The chapter describes the death of Ghiyath al-Din, king of the Ghur. Ghiyath al-Din's demise was concealed. His brother, Shihab al-Din, who was in Tus, upon learning the news reached Herat, held sessions of condolence for his brother during Rajab; thereafter the death was made public. The year saw al-Zahir Ghazi taking Qal‘at Najm from his brother al-Afdal. It was part of what he had received from al-‘Adil when he made peace with him in 597.