Navina Najat Haidar is curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Islamic Art since 1999. She has recently curated the much acclaimed exhibition 'Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700, Opulence and Fantasy', and is presently working on 'Myth and Epic in Indian Painting'. She has a Masters degree in Art and Archaeology from SOAS, University of London, and was awarded a D.Phil. in Indian Paintings from the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. Haidar has co-authored 'Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art', and 'Sultans of the South: Arts of India’s Deccan Courts 1323 - 1687' (both in 2011).