The Year 602 [1205–1206]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 602 (1205-1206) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of Shihab al-Din’s battle with the Khokars. Shihab al-Din and his troops fought a fierce battle for five days in Rabi‘ II from morning until evening. While this battle was raging fiercely, Qutb al-Din Aybak came up with his troops. They proclaimed the watchword of Islam and made an all-out charge. The Khokars and their allies fled and were slain at every turn. The chapter describes the victory over the Tirahis, who were the troublemaking rebels against Shihab al-Din. The Tirahis for they emerged into the confines of Suran and Makrahan to raid the Muslims. The lieutenant of Taj al-Din Yildiz, Shihab al-Din’s mamluke, in that area, who was known as al-Khalji, soundly defeated them and slew a great number of them. The chapter also describes other events of the year such as the assassination of Shihab al-Din al-Ghuri.