By Hannah Johnson

ISBN-10: 0472118358

ISBN-13: 9780472118359

The ritual homicide accusation is one in all a chain of myths that fall below the label blood libel, and describes the medieval legend that Jews require Christian blood for vague non secular reasons and are in a position to committing homicide to procure it. This malicious fable maintains to have an explosive afterlife within the public sphere, the place Sarah Palin's 2011 gaffe is barely the newest reminder of its energy to excite controversy. Blood Libel is the 1st book-length research to investigate the new historiography of the ritual homicide accusation and to think about those debates within the context of highbrow and cultural historical past in addition to method. Hannah R. Johnson articulates how ethics shapes methodological judgements within the research of the accusation and the way questions about technique, in flip, pose moral difficulties of interpretation and knowing. analyzing fresh debates over the scholarship of historians reminiscent of Gavin Langmuir, Israel Yuval, and Ariel Toaff, Johnson argues that those discussions spotlight an ongoing paradigm shift that seeks to reimagine questions of accountability via intentionally refraining from a discourse of ethical judgment and blame in desire of an emphasis on historic contingencies and opposed intergroup dynamics.

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