Job title: Senior Lecturer in Islamic Art, History of Art

Role: Director of Quality


Office address: Room 0.46, Higgitt Gallery, Hunter Building

Contact time: Wednesday, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Research outputs: Dr Glaire Anderson on Edinburgh Research Explorer

​Glaire D. Anderson is an historian of Islamic arts and architecture during the age of the caliphs, with a focus on Umayyad Córdoba and the western Mediterranean.

Anderson is author of The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia: Aristocratic Estates and Court Culture in Umayyad Córdoba (Ashgate, 2013), and co-editor of The Aghlabids and Their Neighbors (Brill, 2018) and Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia and Beyond (Brill, 2007). 

She received her PhD from the History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture/Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. Her work has been recognized by organizations such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the College Art Association, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies and she has served on the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Executive Board.

Anderson's current project, A Caliphal Daedalus, focuses on the ninth-century Cordoban polymath 'Abbas Ibn Firnas and early Islamic science and visual culture.

​Anderson's courses explore Islamic arts and visual culture during the caliphal age, the early Islamic West in a global context, and science and early Islamic visual culture.

As well as teaching on programmes at Edinburgh College of Art, Anderson teaches on the MSc in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

​Anderson's research focuses on the architecture, landscape, and visual culture of Córdoba, which was the capital of early Islamic Iberia until the early eleventh-century. The early caliphal courts, gender and art-making, medieval global interchange, and visual and material culture of early Islamic science are areas of particular research interest. 

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

  • Early Islamic architecture, visual and material culture
  • Early Islamic West