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Arts of the Islamic World


Islam began over 1,400 years ago in the Arabian Peninsula and soon spread across Asia, Africa, and Europe. Today Muslims live on every continent and make up a quarter of the world’s population. The term “Islamic Art” refers to a variety of artwork made by and for Muslims over the centuries. Here are some exquisite examples drawn from the museum’s collection.

Online Exhibition

Image Gallery

Explore objects from the Islamic world.

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This space features Islamic textiles, metalwork, and ceramics that represent the rich cross-fertilization that occurred along trade routes that stretched from Asia to Europe.


Leslie Essoglou, Department Manager, South Asian Art; with Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles; Dirk H. Breiding, The J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor; Felice Fischer, Curator Emerita of Japanese Art; Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture; and Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art
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