The Year 606 [1209–1210]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 606 (1209-1210) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of al-‘Adil’s taking Khabur and Nisibis. al-‘Adil Abu Bakr ibn Ayyub took control of Khabur and Nisibis and besieged the town of Sinjar and all the districts of al-Jazira, which were in the hands of Qutb al-Din Muhammad ibn Zanki ibn Mawdud. Between this Qutb al-Din and his cousin Nur al-Din Arslan Shah ibn Mas‘ud ibn Mawdud, lord of Mosul, there was an entrenched enmity. At the end of some battles and sieges, Al-‘Adil withdrew from Sinjar to Harran and Muzaffar al-Din returned to Irbil. Each one of the princes remained in his own lands. In Shawwal, Fakhr al-Din Abu’l-Fadl Muhammad ibn ‘Umar, son of the preacher of Rayy, a Shafi‘i lawyer, died.