The bookseller Shah Mohammad Rais met with Åsne Seierstad and her father Tuesday evening. It was a nice meeting, said Seierstad.
Shah Mohammad Rais met with Seierstad after a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Seierstad is the author who he claims wrote untrue things and insulted his and Afghanistans honor. Seierstad had invited the bookseller to a meeting even before he arrived in Norway, and she had herself made the decision that her father would to be present at the meeting.
I was of course very nervous before the meeting. Im revealed over having met with him. It was a professional and nice meeting where he presented his case, said Seierstad to TV 2 Nettavisen.
A wise man
She does not wish to comment the contents of the meeting, and does not want to comment the case. However, it appears clear that Shah Mohammad Rais used the meeting to tell Seierstad and her father why the book The Bookseller of Kabul is dishonoring him and his family.
It was on the television show TV 2 God Morgen Norge Wednesday morning that Shah Mohammad Rais talked about the meeting with Seierstad and her father. He described the meeting as nice and said that Åsnes father was a very wise man.
Male dominated culture
Seierstad did not wish to disclose why she brought her father to the meeting, but most likely it has something to do with the patriarchal and male dominated culture in Afghanistan where women are beneath their fathers until they are married. Seierstad studied the culture when she wrote The Bookseller of Kabul, and she has most likely decided that out from Afghani culture it would be best to let Shah Mohammad Rais meet her father.
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