If you've ever paid by check for a three-course meal you capped with a cup of coffee, you enjoyed three contributions from Islamic innovators.
With a Washington post/ABC News poll this week finding nearly half (46 percent) of Americans hold negative views of Islam - a less favorable attitude than found in the months after Sept. 11, 2001 - and some newspaper columnists fanning the flames, it's heartening to see others in the media busy building bridges:
The Independent newspaper presents 20 Islamic inventions that changed our world.
Sundays piece, and this one from the Guardian, spring from an exhibit called 1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage of Our World at a Manchester, England museum.
Among the religion's other gifts are chess, quilts, carpets, fountain pens and vaccines.