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The Year 589 [1193]

WithD.S. Richards

This chapter deals with the events of the year 589 (1193) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the circumstances of Saladin’s family and children after his death, discusses Atabeg ‘Izz al-Din’s expedition to al-Adil’s lands and his withdrawal on account of illness, and an account of the death of Atabeg ‘Izz al-Din. After Saladin's death, one of his sons al-‘Aziz ‘Uthman was in Egypt and he took control there, his rule becoming firmly based. When Atabeg ‘Izz al-Din arrived at Tell Mawzan, he fell ill with dysentery. He stayed for a number of days too weak to move. He feared he would die, so left the army with his brother ‘Imad al-Din and returned without his baggage with 200 horsemen. The chapter outlines the killing of Baktimur, lord of Khilat, and highlights some miscellaneous events which took place such as Caliph al-Nasir li-Din Allah's order to build the library in the Nizamiyya Madrasah at Baghdad.