Prof. Richard Eaton is a history professor at the University of Arizona. His specialization is 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 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.
Professor Eaton has been widely quoted for his unbiased, objective research work on South Asia. In his book - Temple Destruction and Muslim States in Medieval India, he analyzes a very controversial subject. You can read a review from Yoginder Sikand by clicking here.