The Year 603 [1206–1207]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 603 (1206-1207) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of ‘Abbas’s taking of Bamiyan and its restoration to his nephew. ‘Abbas took Bamiyan from ‘Ala’ al-Din and Jalal al-Din, the sons of his brother Baha’ al-Din. This came about after the defeat by Yildiz of the army of Bamiyan and their return to that town. The chapter describes how Khwarazm Shah took Taliqan. When Ghiyath al-Din heard the report about Savinj and his surrender of Taliqan to Khwarazm Shah, he was outraged and deeply grieved. His followers tried to console him and played down the importance of the matter. The year also saw the death of Husam al-Din Ardashir, ruler of Mazandaran. He left three sons. His eldest son succeeded him and expelled his middle brother, who went to Jurjan.