The Year 627 [1229–1230]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 627 (1229-1230) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the defeat of Jalal al-Din by Kayqubad and al-Ashraf. When the armies came face to face, Jalal al-Din was startled by the great number of troops he saw. ‘Izz al-Din ibn Mujalli initiated the battle along with the troops of Aleppo. Jalal al-Din did not stand against them or hold firm, but departed in flight. The chapter also describes how Shihab al-Din Ghazi became ruler of Arzan. When al-Ashraf and ‘Ala’ al-Din came to make war on Jalal al-Din, he did not take the field with them. Later, when Jalal al-Din was defeated, Shihab al-Din Ghazi ibn al-‘Ᾱdil, al-Ashraf’s brother, who held Mayyafariqin and Hani, came and besieged him in Arzan, which he subsequently took on terms.