The Year 620 [1223–1224]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 620 (1223-1224) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the ruler of Yemen took Mecca (may God Almighty protect it). Hasan bin Qatada ibn Idris al-‘Alawi al-Husayni, who had come to power there after his father, had badly treated the Sharifs and the mamlukes that his father had had, and they had abandoned him. When the lord of Yemen reached Mecca, his troops sacked it until early evening. The pillaging was such that they took the clothes from the people’s backs and reduced them to penury. The chapter also describes the conflict between Muslims and Georgians in Armenia as well as the conflict between Ghiyath al-Din and his maternal uncle. In Jumada II, Ighan Ṭa’isi, the uncle of Ghiyath al-Din ibn Khwarazm Shah Muḥammad ibn Tekesh, was defeated.