Glaire D. Anderson (PhD, MIT) is an historian of Islamic art, architecture, and civilization during the age of the caliphs, with a research focus on Umayyad Córdoba and the western Mediterranean.
She is author of The Islamic villa in early medieval Iberia: aristocratic estates and court culture in Umayyad Córdoba (Ashgate, 2013), which received the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Prize from the American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies. She is co-editor of The Aghlabids and their Neighbours: Art and Material Culture in 9th-century North Africa (Brill, 2017) and Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia and Beyond (Brill, 2007). Anderson is currently at work on a book about the ninth-century Cordoban polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas.
Anderson has served on the Historians of Islamic Art Association Executive Board and her work has been recognized by the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Council of Learned Societies, the College Art Association, and the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies.
The Aghlabids & Their Neighbors: Art & Material Culture in Ninth-Century North Africa, Edited by Glaire Anderson, Corisande Fenwick and Mariam Rosser-Owen, Handbook of Oriental Studies Series (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, Brill Academic Publishers, 2017).
The Islamic villa in early medieval Iberia: aristocratic estates and court culture in Umayyad Córdoba (Ashgate, 2013). Winner: 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award (American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies)
Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia & Beyond, Glaire D. Anderson & Mariam Rosser-Owen, Eds. (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007).
ARTICLES & CHAPTERS
“A Mother’s Gift? Astrology and the Pyxis of Al-Mughira.” Journal of Medieval History. Special Issue: ‘Me Fecit.’ Making Medieval Art (History) 42, no. 1 (January 2016): 107-130.
“Great Ladies and Noble Daughters: Ivories and Women in the Umayyad Court at Córdoba,” (with Mariam Rosser-Owen), Pearls on a String: Art in the Age of Great Islamic Empires, Edited by Amy Landau (University of Washington Press, 2015), 28-51.
“Sovereignty and the Materiality of Caliphal Encounters.” Proceedings of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) 130, no. 2 (2015): 393-401.
“Sign of the Cross: Contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de La Cogolla.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 6, no. 1 (2014): 15–41. Winner: ASPHS Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Prize for best article in the field of medieval Iberian history.
“Integrating the Medieval Iberian Peninsula and North Africa in Islamic Architectural History,” Journal of North African Studies (2014), 83-92.
“Concubines, eunuchs and patronage in Early Islamic Córdoba,” In Reassessing Women’s Roles as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture, edited by Therese Martin (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012).
“Islamic Spaces and Diplomacy in Constantinople (10th-13th c.),” In Medieval Encounters 15.1. 2009. 86-113.
Courses offered (availability varies)
Arth 80 Islamic Art & Science (1c/2a)
Arth /Asia 154 Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (1c/2a)
Arth/Asia 251 Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs (1c/2a)
Arth 340 Art and Interchange in Islamic Spain (1b/2a)
Arth 458 Islamic Architecture and the Environment (1c/2a)
Arth 561 Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean (1b/2a)
Arth 562 Islamic Urbanism (1c/2a)
Arth 956 Graduate Seminar in Islamic Art