How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?

by

Moustafa Bayoumi

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Ezzat Character Analysis

A towering, garrulous, brilliant, and devout 21-year-old Lebanese American who is close friends with Rami. After meeting at their college’s Muslim Student Association, Ezzat starts to grill Rami on his religious beliefs and guides Rami to something of a theological awakening. They become close friends and go to an Islamic study group together; Bayoumi meets him a handful of times during his interviews with Rami.

Ezzat Quotes in How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?

The How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? quotes below are all either spoken by Ezzat or refer to Ezzat. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? published in 2008.
Rami Quotes

But still it's not enough. “There are a lot of Muslims,” Ezzat says, “but there is no Islam.”

Related Characters: Moustafa Bayoumi (speaker), Ezzat (speaker), Rami
Page Number: 223
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Ezzat Character Timeline in How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?

The timeline below shows where the character Ezzat appears in How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Rami
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Justice, Activism, and the Future of American Democracy Theme Icon
...night in July 2006, with Israel and Lebanon at war, Bayoumi sits with Rami and Ezzat, his friend, in a Bay Ridge Dunkin’ Donuts. Rami is 19, thoughtful, and muscular; Ezzat,... (full context)
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Arab American Identities Theme Icon
Faith, Tradition, and Islam Theme Icon
...graduation and grows close to other Arab and Muslim students, meeting the knowledgeable and argumentative Ezzat at the Muslim Student Association. (full context)
Faith, Tradition, and Islam Theme Icon
One night, during an argument about marriage and children, Ezzat asks why Rami is Muslim and how he knows his religion is the right one,... (full context)
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After a few weeks, Rami joins Ezzat’s Islamic study group in Queens, talking about how to model their lives on the prophet... (full context)
Racism, Discrimination, and Foreign Policy Theme Icon
During their meeting at Dunkin’ Donuts, three more of Rami’s friends join him, Bayoumi, and Ezzat. They continue to talk about politics, namely Israel’s bombing of Lebanon. The men are hopeless,... (full context)