King Shahdov is introduced to Rupert, a young boy who is an editor of the school magazine. Rupert goes off on a rant about political power and freedom. He claims that politics antagonize the people and that passports and monopolies place restrictions on individuals. He advocates for democratic values.
John Green discusses early Islamic history and some of the beliefs of followers of the religion. Like Christianity and Judaism, Islam is a monotheistic religion and has religious texts, most notably the Quran. John some of the themes of the religion: strict monotheism and the importance in taking care of others that are less fortunate. Also, he covers the Five Pillars of Islam: Shahada, Salat, Sawm, Zakat, and Hajj.