The Year 607 [1210–1211]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 607 (1210-1211) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the rebellion of Sanjar, the caliph’s mamluke. When Sanjar ascertained that Mu’ayyad al-Din and ‘Izz al-Din were coming to him, he abandoned his lands and joined the ruler of Shiraz, the Atabeg ‘Izz al-Din Sa‘d ibn Dakala, seeking protection with him. But Sanjar was later captured and brought to Baghdad in Muharram as a prisoner. The chapter also provides an account of the death of Nur al-Din Arslan Shah. In the end of Rajab, Nur al-Din Arslan Shah ibn Mas‘ud ibn Mawdud ibn Zanki ibn Ᾱqsunqur, lord of Mosul, died. He had been ill for a long time and his physical state had become bad. His rule lasted for seventeen years and eleven months. He was resolute and brave, a strong ruler of his people and severe on his followers, who feared him greatly.