The Year 593 [1196–1197]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 593 (1196-1197) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of how Emir Abu’l-Hayja’ was sent to Hamadhan and what he did there. When al-‘Aziz and al-‘Adil seized Damascus from al-Afdal, Jerusalem was taken from him, so he left Syria, crossed the Euphrates to Mosul. The chapter describes al-‘Adil’s taking Jaffa from the Franks and the Franks’ taking Beirut from the Muslims. The Franks were ruled by Count Henry and peace had been agreed between the Franks and the Muslims in the days of Saladin (God have mercy on him). When Saladin died and his sons succeeded, al-‘Aziz renewed the treaty with Count Henry, the Franks’ ruler, and lengthened the period of the truce. The chapter also gives an account of the death of Sayf al-Islam and his son’s succession.