Friends of Islamic Art


The Friends of Islamic Art brings together an international group of people who share a keen interest in the art and culture of the Islamic world, providing members with opportunities to participate in a variety of exciting and exclusive programs. Friends dues are essential to the ongoing success of the Department of Islamic Art, with funds directly supporting the acquisition of art and other important scholarly pursuits.

Ibn Battuta Circle* annual dues: $10,000 ($8,916 is tax deductible)

Annual dues: $5,000 ($3,984 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,500 ($2,484 is tax deductible)

For more information please call 212-570-3914 or email fia@metmuseum.org.

Highlights of Past Events

  • Invitations to behind-the-scenes presentations by the department's curators, conservators, and visiting scholars on topics related to the collection and exhibitions
  • Annual dinner
  • Highly focused short trips and programs both in the United States and abroad, highlighting the greatest monuments of Islamic architecture and viewing public and private collections. Trips include visits to Fez, Marrakesh, Palermo, Istanbul, Granada, and many other great centers of Islamic art.

* Members of the Ibn Battuta Circle and their guests will enjoy the unique opportunity to schedule a private curator-led tour of the galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia and exclusive, focused behind-the-scenes visits to public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Above: Calligrapher Ahmad Nairizi, (attributed to) Muhammad Hadi. Non-illustrated manuscript Book of Prayers, Surat al-Yasin and Surat al-Fath, dated A.H. 1132/ A.D. 1719–20. Iran, probably Isfahan. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; lacquer binding; H: 9 3/4 in. (24.7 cm) W: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2003 (2003.239)

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