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The Genius of Islam


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BRYN BARNARD is an author and illustrator whose previous books include Outbreak: Plagues that Changed History and Dangerous Planet: Natural Disasters that Changed History. His artwork for Outbreak has been on display across the country, including at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., and at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.


Gr 4-6-The early Muslim world contributed much to society that Westerners now take for granted, including innovations in architecture, math, and music. Barnard devotes one spread to each area, explaining its impact on the modern world. The book closes with thoughtful commentary about the intentionality with which the West has "forgotten" the cultural and scientific impact of Islam. Colorful, captioned illustrations enhance the text, but there is no glossary or index and the chapter titles are not particularly descriptive. Maps on the endpapers illustrate the spread of Islam over time. The cover illustration depicts a camel carrying objects shown in the pages, which doesn't represent the "modern world" and unfortunately reinforces the misapprehension that Islam is a "third world" religion. The book itself seems intended to allay that perception. Because of its uniqueness, this volume is a worthwhile addition.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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