The Year 595 [1198–1199]
This chapter deals with the events of the year 595 (1198-1199) in the lifetime of Ibn al-Athir. It gives an account of the death of al-‘Aziz ‘Uthman and his brother al-Afdal’s taking power in Egypt. On a hunting expedition, al-‘Aziz fell from to the ground from his horse as result of which a fever ensued. He had return ill to Cairo where remained so until his death. Subsequently, Al-Afdal became the ruler. The chapter describes al-Afdal’s siege of Damascus and his withdrawal. Al-Afdal and his men despaired of Damascus. The Damascus troops left the city in Shawwal and attempted a surprise attack on the Egyptian army but they found them already forewarned, so they withdrew, disappointed. The year also witnessed the siege of Mardin being raised and al-‘Adil’s army being marched away with his son al-Kamil.