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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.
Professor Weiss is currently writing an interpretive history of Syria in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on questions of law and society, religion/secularism/sectarianism and the interplay of culture and ideology, under contract with Princeton University Press. In addition to translating novels by Syrian writers such as Fawwaz Haddad and others, he is increasingly interested in the Algerian Arabic novel.
1. In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi`ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon
2. Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective (co-edited with Michael Laffan)
3. Translation of Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar
4. Translation of Samar Yazbek, A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
5. Translation of Hassouna Mosbahi, A Tunisian Tale