Richard Landes

Richard Landes, a historian of the Middle Ages, was Professor of History at Boston University until 2015. He now lives in Jerusalem, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communications at Bar Ilan University, and currently writing a book entitled They’re So Smart cause We’re So Stupid: A Medievalist’s Guide to the 21st Century. He blogs at the Augean Stables.

Publications by Richard Landes

Manfred Gerstenfeld, The War of a Million Cuts

The War of a Million Cuts deals with the question of how antisemitism was able to attract a wide range of different types in the Western public sphere. Read More »

Landes: Media Coverage of Operation Cast Lead

The Mohammed Al-Durah Fallacy: Historical Developments and Lessons to be Drawn

The Muhammad Al-Dura Blood Libel: A Case Analysis

On 30 September 2000, Charles Enderlin, the Jerusalem-based head of the Middle East Bureau of the French television station France 2, presented sixty seconds of footage of what he described as the killing of a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura targeted by Israeli soldiers. Enderlin claimed that he had additional film material of the boy’s “death throes” that was too shocking to be shown. Read More »

The Muhammad Al-Dura Blood Libel: A Case Analysis

On 30 September 2000, Charles Enderlin, the Jerusalem-based head of the Middle East Bureau of the French television station France 2, presented sixty seconds of footage of what he described as the killing of a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura targeted by Israeli soldiers. The selectively presented photo material, accompanied by the accusation of deliberate murder of a defenseless Palestinian boy, led to mass demonstrations against Israel and the Jews in the Western world. T Read More »

The Jews as Contested Ground in Postmodern Conspiracy Theory

Normally conspiracy theories remain at the margins of a culture. But when conspiracism moves from the margins to the center, and from passive responses to active ones-Nazis and communists in the twentieth century-it can produce convulsions of paranoia and violence that leave tens of millions dead. After World War II, Western culture appeared to have definitively marginalized conspiracy theory. And yet, at the turn of the twenty-first century, there has been an aggressive rise in (traditional) Mu Read More »

Jihad, Apocalypse, and Anti-Semitism

No. 24 The main goal of modern Jihadism – a cataclysmic apocalyptic movement – is Islam’s dominance over the world. It makes millennial claims, promising that once Islam rules everywhere, there will be world peace. Jihad, as the millennial war, […] Read More »