"The Metropolitan Museum's collection of Islamic art, which ranges in date from the seventh to the nineteenth century, reflects the great diversity and range of Islamic culture and offers perhaps the most comprehensive permanent installation of Islamic art on view anywhere."
"Islamic art is represented by a small but select group of ceramics, metalwork, glass, manuscripts, and textiles. These works of art illustrate the geographic breadth of Islam from the Arabian Peninsula to Iran and Iraq, Egypt, the Syro-Palestinian coast, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, India, Pakistan, and China."
Medieval collections include illuminated manuscripts, ivories, ceramics, and paintings from Western and Islamic cultures.
Museum with No Frontiers--Discover Islamic Art
The Museum with No Frontiers and "14 countries from around the Mediterranean and the European Union have agreed to collaborate on producing a virtual museum on the Internet that explores Islamic art and material culture in the Mediterranean region. This collaboration brings together a representative selection of Islamic objects, monuments and historical sites."
The program funds acquisitions and cataloging, as well as research and reference services. It has helped build comprehensive collections that combine visual and printed documentation on the art, architecture, archaeology, and epigraphy of the Islamic world.