Bryn Barnard is an artist and author of science-histories. His new book, The Genius of Islam, published by Knopf, is about the deep historical connections between Islam and the West. He spent five years living in Malaysia and Indonesia. He has also traveled extensively in India, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. The Genius of Islam began as a series of slide lectures he created after 9/11 to educate the public about Islamic civilization. Barnard has given "Genius of Islam" presentations at World Affairs Councils, schools, universities, libraries, and mosques across North America. The Arabic language edition of the book was published in 2011 by Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin.
An illustrator for over 25 years, Bryn Barnard is also a professor of art at the University of Delaware; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea. He has been an Institute of Current World Affairs fellow, a Fulbright fellow to Universiti Sains Malaysia, and a consulting associate of the Universities Field Staff International. His solo exhibition "Outbreak: Plagues that Changed History" was shown at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington DC.
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