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Description of Arabia and its inhabitants.-Birth,
Character, and Doctrine of Mahomet.--He preaches at Mecca.-Flies to Medina.- Propa. gates his Religion by the Sword.- Voluntary or reluctant Submission of the Arabs.--His Death and Succellors. The claims and Fortunes of Ali and his Descendants.
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c H A P. LI. The Conquest of Persia, Syria, Egypt, Africa,
and Spain, by the Arabs or Saracens.--Empire of the Caliphs, or Succesors of Mahomet. State of the Christians, &c. under their Go. vernment.
Plan of the Four. last Volumes. Succession and
Characters of the Greek Emperors of Conftan.' tinople, from the Time of Heraclius to the Latin Conquest.
T HAVE now deduced from Trajan to Con-CHAP. I ftantine, from Constantine to Heraclius, the XLVIII. regular series of the Roman emperors; and faithfully exposed the prosperous and adverse the Byzantortunes of their reigns. Five centuries of the time hiltory. decline and fall of the empire have already elap. fed; but a period of more than eight hundred years still separates me from the term of my labours, the taking of Constantinople by the Vol. IX.
CHAP. Turks. Should I persevere in the same course,
: Ihould I observe the same measure, a prolix and