He helps Yasmin appeal to the student affairs coordinator in an attempt fight the school policy that excludes her from serving in student government. The school administration derides him for supposedly trying to “control [his] daughter,” perpetuating stereotypes that Muslim women are powerless and controlled by men. In fact, he supports rather than directs Yasmin’s decisions: while he is invested in Yasmin’s legal battle, he also knows they cannot afford the legal fees that CAIR wants to charge them, but is happy when his daughter finds pro bono representation through Advocates for Children; while he hopes that Yasmin will become a doctor, she ultimately decides to go to law school instead. He is an Egyptian Muslim but married a Filipina Catholic (Yasmin’s mother) who converted to Islam.
Yasmin’s Father Character Timeline in How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?
The timeline below shows where the character Yasmin’s Father appears in How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...up wearing the hijab and attending Muslim private girls’ schools; she is devoutly religious. Yasmin’s father is an Egyptian Muslim while her mother is a Filipina Catholic who converted to Islam.... (full context)
...student government requires her to go. Their argument reaches a standstill; the administrator calls Yasmin’s father, who consults a sheikh (a Muslim community leader). The sheikh agrees that Yasmin cannot go—she... (full context)
...Mariam gets a letter from the Student Organization rejecting her addition to the application. Yasmin’s father threatens to sue the school, but he and Yasmin’s mother also insist that Yasmin is... (full context)
...he says, but it will cost thousands of dollars to bring to trial, and Yasmin’s father cannot afford this price tag. Yasmin notes when the student affairs coordinator lets Greek students... (full context)