Richard Eaton

About Richard Eaton

My primary interest is the social and cultural history of pre-modern India (1000-1800). I have published monographs on the social roles of Sufis (Muslim mystics) in the Indian sultanate of Bijapur (1300-1700), on the growth of Islam in Bengal (1204-1760), and on the social history of the Deccan from 1300 to 1761, and on the interplay between memory and art in the Deccan plateau between 1300 and 1600.  These four historical monographs employ as analytical tools, respectively, Weberian social thought, Annales School methodology, biography, and architectural history.  Most recently, I have published the second volume of the new Penguin history of India, entitled India in the Persianate Age, 1000-1765, which explores the long-term interaction between the Persianate and Sanskritic worlds, between the Iranian Plateau and South Asia, and between Islam and Indian religious traditions.

I am also active in the growing subfield of world history, as well as comparative history.  My regularly taught courses include History of Medieval India, History of Modern India and Pakistan, Comparative History, and World History.

Areas of Study

Political, social, cultural, and religious history of South Asia from 1000 to 1800.

Selected Publications

India in the Persianate Age, 1000-1765 (London: Penguin Books, 2019)

Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India's Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Slavery and South Asian History (co-edited vol., Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006)

A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives: (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

India's Islamic Traditions, 711-1750 (edited vol., New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Essays on Islam and Indian History (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000)

The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 (Berkeley: California University Press, 1993)

Islamic History as Global History (Washington DC: American Historical Association, 1990)

Sufis of Bijapur: Social Roles of Sufis in Medieval India, 1300-1700 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978)

 

 

 

Research Interests

My reseach focuses on the social and cultural history of India between about 1000 and 1800.  I have published monographs on the Sufis of Bijapur, on the growth of Islam in Bengal, on the social history of the Deccan, and on the interplay of art and memory on the Deccan plateau.  The analytical tools used in these four monographs, respectively, are Weberian social thought, the Annales School, biography, and architectural history.  Most recently, I have published the second voljume of the new Penguin history of India, entitled India in the Persianate Age, 1000-1765, which explores the long-term interaction between the Persianate and Sanskritic worlds, between the Iranian Plateau and India, and between Islam and India's religious traditions.

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Richard Eaton
Professor, Tenured
Telephone: 621-8120
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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