Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars
2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars Fellow
Mika Ahuvia (she/her/hers)
Beyond the Rabbis: An Inclusive History of Ancient Jews
A paradox exists in the study of Jewish history: the story of the foundation of Judaism is rabbinic-centric even as scholars acknowledge that the rabbis were marginal through the tenth century (representing, at most, 5% of Jews in late antiquity). What does a non-institutional historical account of ancient Judaism look like? My research seeks to provide an answer, offering a fresh and more inclusive history that takes into account diasporic, archaeological, liturgical, and ritual-magical evidence.