Blood Libel: The Ritual Murder Accusation at the Limit of by Hannah Johnson PDF

By Hannah Johnson

The ritual homicide accusation is considered one of a sequence of myths that fall lower than the label blood libel, and describes the medieval legend that Jews require Christian blood for imprecise spiritual reasons and are in a position to committing homicide to acquire it. This malicious fantasy maintains to have an explosive afterlife within the public sphere, the place Sarah Palin's 2011 gaffe is simply the newest reminder of its energy to excite controversy. Blood Libel is the 1st book-length examine to investigate the new historiography of the ritual homicide accusation and to think about those debates within the context of highbrow and cultural heritage in addition to method. Hannah R. Johnson articulates how ethics shapes methodological judgements within the examine of the accusation and the way questions on technique, in flip, pose moral difficulties of interpretation and realizing. reading fresh debates over the scholarship of historians resembling Gavin Langmuir, Israel Yuval, and Ariel Toaff, Johnson argues that those discussions spotlight an ongoing paradigm shift that seeks to reimagine questions of accountability through intentionally refraining from a discourse of ethical judgment and blame in want of an emphasis on old contingencies and opposed intergroup dynamics.

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