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 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, and the College Art Association.
Anderson is co-editor, with Mariam Rosser-Owen, of Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia and Beyond (Brill, 2007). She is the recipient of the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Prize from the American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies for The Islamic villa in early medieval Iberia: aristocratic estates and court culture in Umayyad Córdoba (Ashgate, 2013) and the 2014-15 Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Prize from the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies for the article “Sign of the Cross: Contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de la Cogolla.”
Other publications include a critique of medieval Islamic Iberia and North Africa in Islamic architectural history; court women and unfree elites as ‘makers’ of Cordoban Umayyad art; and material culture and competing notions of caliphal sovereignty. Anderson is currently at work on a book about the ninth-century Cordoban polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas, and editing (with Mariam Rosser-Owen and Corisande Fenwick) a volume dedicated to the Aghlabid dynasty of 9th century North Africa.
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