The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Islamic art is one of the most important and comprehensive in the world. It comprises more than twelve thousand works of art created in a vast geographical area, stretching from Spain to India. This guide and the organization of the Museum's galleries emphasize the diversity of regional traditions and their cultural contexts, rather than presenting the art and culture of the Islamic world as a single monolithic entity dominated by religion.
Each unit includes an introduction, featured works of art with detailed information, and a lesson plan aligned with the National Standards and Common Core State Standards (Curriculum Connections charts).
These frequently asked questions provide a brief overview of some of the issues that arise when teaching about Islamic art and culture.
Each of the forty-six featured works of art from the Museum's permanent collection is associated with a particular unit or chapter in Art of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators.