Max Weiss is the Elias Boudinot Bicentennial Preceptor and Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi`ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010), co-editor of Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective (Princeton University Press, 2012), and the translator, most recently, of Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar (London: Pushkin Press; New York: Other Press 2013). He is currently writing an interpretive history of Syria in the twentieth century, to be published by Princeton University Press, and translating Fawwaz Haddad, Solo Piano Music. Ph.D. Stanford University.