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The Genius of Islam

By: Bryn Barnard

Book Talk

Do you know which society was the first to mass-produce paper?  What about who the first people to turn numbers into the symbols we use now?  By the sixteenth century, the Islamic religion had left a lasting mark on the world we know today.  Many of the books we read, the way we farm, and science have all been influenced by great leaders in the Islamic world.  So why is this information not known by many today?   Mainly because a classical scholar, Petrarch, touted ignoring the contributions these great Muslims made. To see just how much Muslim culture and ideas have influenced our world today, read The Genius of Islam:  How Muslims Made the Modern World.


Prepared by Brenda Day, Library Media Specialist, Aledo Middle School, Aledo, Texas