Haredi Counter History: Some Theoretical and Methodological Aspects
Publication Date: January 2008
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2008, pp.26-28.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; History; Literature; Culture
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.