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How Jewish is Jewish History?$
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Moshe Rosman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113348

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113348.001.0001

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Methodological Hybridity: The Art of Jewish Historiography and the Methods of Folklore

Methodological Hybridity: The Art of Jewish Historiography and the Methods of Folklore

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(p.154) Six Methodological Hybridity: The Art of Jewish Historiography and the Methods of Folklore
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How Jewish is Jewish History?
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Moshe Rosman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113348.003.0007

This chapter explores the methodology of history and the potential for cooperation between the fields of history and folklore by examining the arguments of folklorist Eli Yassif. In so doing, the chapter raises the question of how the methods of folklore can be used in the historiographical enterprise. The historian's work begins before methodology enters the picture: identifying sources, gathering data or information, formulating questions, and then choosing the appropriate methodology. It continues after methodology has done its work with interpretation in light of the assumptions, questions, knowledge, and methodological analysis that have been proffered. Yassif demands that historians become better folklorists; that does not mean that they need to stop being historians.

Keywords:   Eli Yassif, methodological hybridity, Jewish historiography, historians, folklorists, folklore

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