The Year 621 [1224–1225]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 621 (1224-1225) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the return of a group of Tatars to Rayy, Hamadhan and elsewhere. At the beginning of the year, a group of Tatars came from Chingiz Khan, different from the ‘westward’ group, whose doings before these arrived at Rayy. Those of Rayy’s population who had survived had returned there and rebuilt it. The Tatars came upon them before they knew what was happening. The chapter describes how Ghiyath al-Din took the land of Fars. Ghiyath al-Din ibn Khwarazm Shah was at Rayy, and in addition, he held Isfahan, Hamadhan, and Kirman. He resisted the Tatars in Isfahan. The chapter also gives an account of how Shihab al-Din Ghazi rebelled against his brother al-Ashraf and how Khilat was taken from him.