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Haredi Counter History: Some Theoretical and Methodological Aspects

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Nahum Karlinsky; Nahum Karlinsky

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2008, pp.26-28.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; History; Literature; Culture

Type: Report


The author discusses Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) historiographical literature, in which modern historical writing techniques are coupled with an anti-modern value system and juxtaposed with hagiographical miracle tales to create multifaceted works containing both scholarship and fundamentalism. The author examines the 1902 work "Beit Rabi" by Hayyim Meir Heilman to illustrate his understanding of the genre.