Dr. Eaton is Professor of History and a leading scholar in India studies. Dr. Eaton's research focuses on the social and cultural history of pre-modern India (1000-1800), and especially on the range of historical interactions between Iran and India, and on Islam in South Asia. He has published monographs on the social roles of Sufis (Muslim mystics) in the sultanate of Bijapur (1300-1700), on the growth of Islam in Bengal (1204-1760), on the social history of the Deccan from 1300 to 1761, and on the use memory, architecture, and material culture in understanding contested sites on the Deccan plateau between 1300 and 1600. Most recently, he has published a textbook on India’s middle period titled India in the Persianate Age, 1000-1765 (Penguin books, 2020).
Eaton, Richard M