The Year 616 [1219–1220]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 616 (1219-1220) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the death of Kayka’us and the accession of his brother Kayqubad. ‘Izz al-Din Kayka’us ibn Kaykhusro ibn Qilij Arslan, lord of Konya, Aqsaray, Malatya and the territory of Anatolia, marched to Malatya to prevent al-Ashraf who was there from going to Mosul to aid his ally Badr al-Din, in the hope that Muzaffar al-Din would achieve some success at Mosul. He was already in the grip of consumption and when his illness worsened, he withdrew. His death occurred and his brother Kayqubad succeeded him. The year also saw the death of Qutb al-Din Muhammad ibn Zanki ibn Mawdud ibn Zanki, lord of Sinjar during Safar. After his death he was succeeded by his son, ‘Imad al-Din Shahinshah.