The Year 624 [1226–1227]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 624 (1226-1227) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of how the Georgians entered the city of Tiflis and put it to the torch. Jalal al-Din had considered the Georgians to be weak owing to the great number of them he had slain and he did not think they were capable of any campaign. However, they took Tiflis and put the inhabitants to the sword. They recognised that they were unable to hold the city against Jalal al-Din, so put it totally to the torch. The chapter also gives an account of the death of al-Mu‘azzam, ruler of Damascus, and the succession of his son. al-Mu‘azzam ‘Isa ibn al-‘Ᾱdil died on Friday the last day of Dhu’l-Qa‘da. He had been ill with dysentery. He was learned and a good scholar in several disciplines, including jurisprudence according to the school of Abu Hanifa.