The Year 626 [1228–1229]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 626 (1228-1229) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the ceding of Jerusalem to the Franks. The troops of the ruler of Franks took up residence on the Syrian coast and caused ruin in the Muslim lands that were near them. A section of the Muslim population, who were dwelling in the mountains near the city of Tyre, went to the Franks, while they were in Tyre, and offered them their allegiance and joined them. The walls of Jerusalem had been razed by Al-Mu‘azzam; thereupon the Franks took over Jerusalem. The year also saw al-Ashraf sending his mamluke ‘Izz al-Din Aybak, a great emir in his state, to the city of Khilat and ordering him to arrest the Chamberlain Husam al-Din ‘Ali ibn Hammad, who was the governor of Khilat.