The Year 592 [1195–1196]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 592 (1195-1196) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of Shihab al-Din’s conquest of Thangir and other Indian territory. After a period of siege those within asked for terms to surrender the place. He granted them and received its surrender. The chapter describes how al-‘Adil took Damascus from al-Afdal. The most telling reason for this was al-Afdal’s trust in al-‘Adil. Another reason is that of al-‘Adil and al-Afdal’s expedition to Egypt and their siege of Bilbays, the peace they made with al-‘Aziz, and al-Adil’s remaining in Egypt with him. When he stayed with him, he won him over and planned with him to march to Damascus, take it from his brother and hand it over to him. One of the miscellaneous events of the year 592 was a violent wind blew in Iraq, all the sky became black, and red sand fell.