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Find Images: Islamic

These are image resources selected for their strength in Islamic art and visual culture. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

Images posted on the Internet are protected by copyright laws — read the terms of use for any website before downloading images, even for educational purposes.


  • Art History Resources, Islamic Art
    These are art history resources selected by Christopher Witcombe (Department of Art and Art History, Sweet Briar College, Virginia). Many of them feature images.

Be sure to also check the VRC’s selection of Online Museum Collections.

  • Aga Khan Visual Archive, MIT
    “Consists of over 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment in the Islamic world, donated by students, scholars, and architectural firms.”
  • ArchNet
    “Archnet is a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world… Officially launched in 2002 as a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Archnet has since evolved into the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. Its digital archives form a comprehensive resource on architecture, urban design, landscape, development, and related issues.”
  • Artstor (access limited to the CU community)
    Artstor  is a digital library of over one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The VRC provides training and support in this valuable resource.
  • Islamic Art, LACMA Collections Online
    “The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses one of the most significant collections of Islamic art in the world. These widely diverse arts, from an area extending from southern Spain to Central Asia, trace the distinctive visual imagination of Islamic artists over a period of fourteen hundred years.”
  • Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts
    “The Princeton University Library is recataloging and initially digitizing 200 of its approximately 9,500 volumes of Islamic manuscripts from Robert Garrett and other sources. These 200 will be the core of the Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts. These manuscripts constitute the premier collection of Islamic manuscripts in the Western Hemisphere and number among the finest in the world.”
  • WorldImages, Islamic Art & Culture
    Collections include Islam; Islamic Architecture; Islamic Clothing; Islamic Painting; and Islamic Applied Arts & Sculpture. From California State University.

You might also wish to search for relevant content on the following VRC pages: