The Year 601 [1204–1205]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 601 (1204-1205) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of how Kaykhusro ibn Qilij Arslan took Anatolia from his nephew. God Almighty decreed that the inhabitants of Aksaray rebelled against their governor, expelled him and proclaimed the watchword of Ghiyath al-Din. When the people of Konya heard this, they summoned Ghiyath al-Din to come which he did and took the city, arresting his nephew (Qilij Arslan, the son of Ghiyath al-Din's brother Rukn al-Din Sulayman) and his followers. The chapter highlights the riots of Baghdad, the first of which took place on 17 Ramadan between the inhabitants of Azaj Gate and those of al-Ma’muniyya. The cause was that the people of Azaj Gate had killed a lion and wanted to parade it around but the al-Ma’muniyya people stopped them.