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: tbd

Research outputs: Dr Glaire Anderson on Edinburgh Research Explorer

​Glaire D. Anderson is an historian of Islamic visual culture during the age of the caliphs (650-1250), with a focus on early Islamic Iberia.

She is the prizewinning author of The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia: Aristocratic Estates and Court Culture in Umayyad Córdoba (Ashgate, 2013). She is currently completing a second monograph, A Caliphal Daedalus, which focuses on the ninth-century Cordoban polymath 'Abbas Ibn Firnas - celebrated for an early experiment in human flight - and medieval Islamic science and visual culture. She is also 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). 

Anderson received her PhD from the History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture/Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. Her work has been recognised by the American Council of Learned Societies, the College Art Association, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies, among others. She has served on the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Executive Board and currently serves as an International Associate on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA).


​Anderson's courses explore Islamic architecture and visual culture during the caliphal age (roughly 650-1250 CE), the 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 work focuses on architecture, landscape, and visual culture of early Islamic Córdoba, in present-day Spain. Court architecture and gardens, luxury objects, gender and art-making, medieval global interchange, visual and material culture of science, digital Islamic art history and heritage, and Islamic visual culture of the Philippines are areas of research interest. 

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

  • Islamic architecture
  • Arts of the object
  • Medieval Islamic West (Iberia, North Africa)
  • Science & visual culture
  • Female & unfree elite patronage
  • Digital Islamic art history & heritage