Youssef plays the title character, Ramy, who is unclear about what type of Muslim he is or ought to be. “You’re Muslim, I thought, in the way that I am Jewish,” a woman, whom Ramy sleeps with, says in one episode. Put off less by his beliefs than by his deceit, she walks away.
She discovers that Ramy doesn’t drink, though he’d told her earlier that night that he’d reached his limit. We later learn that Ramy has dated a string of non-Muslim women who have been attracted to the idea of his being culturally different but who think it’s crazy that he believes in God—“like God God, not yoga,” as he tells it.
Interfaith marriages are more and more common now, and couples live happily. All the negative comments by those who are backwards must stop!
“I don’t understand how you still don’t get it,” he says. Like, they have all this stuff that worries them, and they think, if they say it out loud, then it won’t happen, but that’s it.
Ramy displays a catalogue of misguided assumptions about not only his parents but other Egyptians and Muslims.
Toward the end of the series, Ramy decides to go to Egypt to figure himself out.
Like many first-generation Egyptian-American immigrants, Ramy finds that many Arab-Muslim ideals that he has been trying to live up to in America have already been discarded by many of his peers in Egypt. Eventually, frustrated by Ramy’s shock, she lashes out: “I’m like in this little Muslim box in your head. ”The show homes in on difficulties that Muslim men and women, who may live similar lives inside and outside of their faith, have in dating one another.
Ramy makes a similarly misguided assumption on his first date with an Egyptian-Muslim woman, with whom his parents set him up. The men are often too arrogant to consider that the women may be allowing themselves the same liberties that they do.
Youssef is a twenty-eight-year-old Egyptian-American comedian and actor who has made a ten-episode semi-autobiographical miniseries, “Ramy,” which is now streaming on Hulu.