- Near Eastern Studies
Position: Core Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies.
- Law and society
- Modern Arabic literature
- Social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East
Office: 301 Dickinson Hall
Office Hours: W 2:00 - 4:00 and via WASS
Max Weiss is an assistant professor specializing in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. He is jointly appointed in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
His first book, In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shiʿism and the Making of Modern Lebanon (Harvard University Press, 2010), is a study of the Lebanese Shiʿi milieu during the period of French Mandate rule based primarily on Islamic court records from Beirut and South Lebanon and French colonial archival material. He co-edited with Michael Laffan, Facing Fear: The History an Emotion in Global Perspective (Princeton University Press, 2012). In addition to publishing translations of Hassouna Mosbahi, A Tunisian Tale (American University in Cairo Press, 2011) and Samar Yazbek, A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution (London: Haus, 2012), his translation of Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar is forthcoming from Pushkin Press in January 2013.
Raised in southern California, Professor Weiss completed a double B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and History at UC Berkeley (1999) and earned his Ph.D. in modern Middle East history from Stanford University (2007). Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton (2007-08) and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows (2008-10, 2011-12).