Study Guide

The Golem and the Jinni Characters

By Helene Wecker

The Golem/Chava

This book is called The Golem and the Jinni, so, obviously, the Golem is one of the main...

The Jinni/Ahmad

The Jinni is a less complicated character than the Golem. We're not sure how he came into being,...

Yehudah Schaalman/Joseph Schall/Wahab ibn Malik

Schaalman is like the Voldemort of this world, except instead of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, he's...

Mahmoud "Ice Cream" Saleh

Mahmoud Saleh was once a doctor, but becomes an ice cream maker after his wife and daughter die...

Michael Levy

Michael is probably the most tragic character in the book. Not only is he shunned by his uncle...

Rabbi Avram Meyer

The Rabbi isn't in the book very long before he succumbs to a heart attack, but he's a huge...

Sophia Winston

Sophia Winston is the only character who could arguably be seen as a love interest in the story,...

Anna Blumberg

Anna traveled to New York from Cincinnati with the hopes of joining the theater. Instead, she...

Boutrous Arbeely

Arbeely, the tinsmith, is to the Jinni what the Rabbi is to the Golem: He's the first human man...

Matthew Mounsef

Matthew is a young kid who discovers the Jinni's secret when he walks in and sees the Jinni...

Maryam Faddoul

Maryam is the coffee shop owner and resident gossip mistress of Little Syria. Even though she...

The Radzins

Moe and Thea Radzin are the owners of the bakery where the Golem works… and we don't know...

Fadwa and Abu Yusuf Al-Hadid

We only get to see these desert Bedouins in the flashbacks that conclude most of the book's...