In 2008, the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) acquired a special collection on Islamic Civilization totalling 8000 volumes. The breadth of the collection is seen by the presence of many monumental works in different languages on architecture to decorative arts, to the lesser known works on arms and armour, textiles, ceramics, metal works, glass works and the decorative features which give Muslim arts their distinctive character, covering various geographical domains from the Muslim heartland of the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, Persia, Muslim Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Spain, Indian Sub-Continent, Central Asia, and the Malay Archipelago. These rare, scholarly and antiquarian books are mainly published from the 17th to 19th centuries CE, and were the personal collection of distinguished scholars and enthusiasts on the civilization of Islam in the West, namely, Professor Emeritus Dr. Maan Z. Madina (1927- 2013) from Columbia University, Prof. Dr. Marilyn Jenkins- Madina from the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Professor Emeritus Dr. Jerome W. Clinton (1937–2003) of Princeton University.