The Year 594 [1197–1198]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 594 (1197-1198) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the death of lord of Sinjar, Nisibis, Khabur and Raqqa, ‘Imad al-Din Zanki ibn Mawdud ibn Zanki ibn Aqsunqur. Subsequently, his son Qutb al-Din Muhammad took over the direction of his state. The chapter describes how Nur al-Din took control of Nisibis. Qutb al-Din marched to Nisibis from Sinjar with his army and camped around it to defend it from Nur al-Din. In the battle that followed, Qutb al-Din’s rout was complete. The chapter gives a detailed account of the defeat of the Khitay at the hands of the Ghurids. Khitay crossed the Oxus into Khurasan, where they caused mischief and destruction. The army of Ghiyath al-Din the Ghurid met them in battle and the Khitay were defeated.