The Year 608 [1211–1212]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 608 (1211-1212) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of Mankli’s taking control of the Uplands and Isfahan. a mamluke, called Mankli, rebelled against Shams al-Din Aydughmish and became his rival for the country. His following increased and the mamlukes of Pahlawan gave him their obedience, so he gained control of the lands. The chapter describes the pillaging of the pilgrim caravan at Mina. The pillage took place because a Batini attacked one of the family of Emir Qatada, ruler of Mecca, and killed him at Mina, in the belief that he was Qatada. When Qatada heard this, he gathered the Sherifs, the Bedouin, the slave troops and the inhabitants of Mecca and moved against the pilgrims.