"“Changez?” he said, and I nodded"

Hamid’s selection of ‘Changez’ as his protagonist’s name is often taken to be a thin disguise for ‘changes’, a main theme of the book on both a personal and international level. However, Changez is the Urdu name for Genghis, who was the Mongol emperor famed for his empire-expanding attacks on the Muslim world in the 13th century. This is significant, as with a name like this Changez is unlikely to be a Muslim fundamentalist.