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Introduction

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Map 1: The Islamic World

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.

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A quick overview of the goals and emphasis of this resource

Five important reasons to include Islamic art in your teaching

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).

An overview of recurring themes: religion, ornament, interconnections, diversity of patronage, and technical innovation.

These frequently asked questions provide a brief overview of some of the issues that arise when teaching about Islamic art and culture.

Two Curriculum Connections charts identify the National Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards for each unit's lesson plans.

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.

Five downloadable maps provide a geographical overview of the Islamic world today, the Silk Road and related trade routes, the Ottoman empire in the late 1600s, the Mongol empire in the early 1300s, and the Mamluk, Ottoman, and Venetian territories in the early 1500s.

A brief chronological list and downloadable chart help place the major empires and dynasties mentioned in this guide in a historical and geographical framework.

School Groups

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