The Year 609 [1212–1213]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 609 (1212-1213) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of Ibn Mankli’s coming to Baghdad. In Muharram, Muhammad, son of the Mankli who had seized control of the Uplands, came to Baghdad. The reason for this was that his father Mankli, after he had taken control of the Uplands and after their ruler Aydughmish fled away to Baghdad, feared that the caliph might give him aid and send an army with him. Muhammad was given lodgings and treated with honour, and remained at Baghdad until Aydughmish was killed. One of the miscellaneous events of the year was the death of Muhammad ibn Isma‘il ibn Abi’l-Sayf al-Yamani, the lawyer of the Sacred Precinct at Mecca.