"Uproar" ultimately is a snapshot of a tortured soul, whose source of despair is not fully identified but must be deciphered. It implies a number of possibilities related to the Middle East war fatigue of an average man, even a kind of civilian PTSD. Solaiman is careful not to delve directly into war scenes or destruction, but the specter of such is discernible in Kassim's tortured mind. Kassim represents the dire consequences that a good man, even as an innocent by-stander, may experience after such a life. It is all set off by the emotional trigger that is the loss of his wife and children. His American existence seems drab, hollow, and mechanical as an IT professional in a non-descript Houston office building, but his inner world (and his disembodied, metaphysical sojourn) is a raging amalgam of mixed emotions of profound depths. His mind and soul are clearly tethered to the old Bedouin society and memories of war, and a quest to avenge betrayal, and it is noisy in there. Indeed, it is an uproar.