Ibn al-Athir belonged to the influential and big Arab tribe Banu Bakr, who lived across upper Mesopotamia, and gave their name to the city of Diyar Bakr. Al-Athir lived a scholarly life in Mosul, often visited Baghdad and for a time traveled with Saladin's army in Syria. He later lived in Aleppo and Damascus. His chief work was a history of the world, al-Kamil fi at-Tarikh (The Complete History). He included some information on the Rus' people in his chronology. He died in the city of Mosul. According to Reuters, his tomb was desecrated in Mosul by members of the al-Qa'ida off-shoot "The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or "DAESH" in Arabic) in June, 2014.
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