I’m Glaire Anderson, award-winning author and expert in Islamic art, architecture, and history, and founding leader of the Digital Lab for Islamic Visual Culture & Collections in Edinburgh, Scotland.

My mission is to make accurate info about architecture, art and histories of Islamic societies and civilization widely accessible to all through video games/ entertainment, mixed reality and 3D immersive technologies (XR+), and education.

Video games for Islamic art, architecture & history

I work with game developers and creative teams who share my values and aims. I worked with Ubisoft on Assassin’s Creed Mirage (2023), including its new in-game educational feature.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage (Ubisoft, 2023)

My work on Assassin’s Creed Mirage been featured in:

BBC Scotland
Apollo Magazine
Times Higher Education

‘Abbas b. Firnas

My second book, A Bridge to the Sky, will soon be published by Oxford University Press and is available now for pre-order. It explores early Islamic science and visual culture through the career of the 9th c. polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas, remembered today as an early Islamic ‘scientist,’ and for his experiment in early gliding flight.

You can get free instant access to my online resources on Ibn Firnas here.

A Bridge to the Sky (Oxford University Press, January 2024)

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