The Year 618 [1221–1222]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 618 (1221-1222) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the death of Qatada, Emir of Mecca, the accession of his son al-Óasan and the killing of the Emir of the Pilgrimage. In Jumada II of the year Qatada ibn Idris al-‘Alawi al-Hasani, emir of Mecca, died at Mecca (may God protect it). He was about ninety years old and his realm stretched from the borders of Yemen to [Medina,] the city of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace). When he died, he was succeeded by his son al-Hasan. There is also a different version of Qatada’s death, namely that his son Ḥasan throttled him to death. The year also saw the Muslims recovering the city of Damietta in Egypt from the Franks.