In the Name of my Father: Struggling for Freedom in Afghanistan (Paperback)

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In this compelling and insightful work, Ahmad Massoud reflects on the struggle for freedom and democracy in Afghanistan.
 
As the leader of the National Resistance Front, Ahmad Massoud articulates a vision for a liberated Afghanistan, free from the grasp of the Taliban and other terrorist groups. It’s no coincidence that his father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, was a military commander who led the resistance against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and later against the Taliban regime until his assassination on September 9, 2011.

In this remarkable memoir, Massoud describes the influence his father has had on him as the current leader of the resistance. His efforts, like those of his father, have always been about restoring peace—a peace that offers freedom, justice, and democracy to all citizens of Afghanistan. Massoud also explores Afghanistan’s history, explaining how it has become so broken, and outlines his ideas for reforming the current political system and restoring stability.

Massoud delves into the principles of democracy, decentralization, and pluralism, emphasizing the importance of equality for all citizens, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. He also emphasizes the promotion of a rational and moderate interpretation of Islam in the Muslim world, advocating for a religious framework that supports rationalism, peace, tolerance, and coexistence. This aspect of his work underlines the importance of harmonizing religious beliefs with the principles of modern democracy and human rights.
This book is not just a political manifesto, but also a personal narrative that intertwines Massoud’s experiences and aspirations for his nation’s future, portraying a deep commitment to the values of liberty, justice, and human rights.
 
“Even if our paths were different,” he writes, “the message that my father left for me is to never give up. I won’t run away from the mission that awaits me.”

About the Author


Ahmad Massoud, an ethnic Tajik from Northern Afghanistan, is the leader of the National Resistance Front (NRF) of Afghanistan. Mr. Massoud, the son of the late anti-soviet and revolutionary commander, Ahmad Shah Massoud, was born in July 1989 in Piyu, a small village in the Province of Takhar in Northeast Afghanistan. Ahmad’s family moved frequently, primarily due to his father’s work, so his childhood saw him constantly move locations of residence. After the assassination of his father in 2001, Ahmad and his family settled in Iran where he finished high school before moving to the UK to complete his higher education. He started military training at the Sandhurst Military Academy.  Afterwards, Ahmad received his bachelor’s degree in War Studies from Kings College London and his master’s degree in International Politics from City, University of London.
 
After completing his education, Ahmad returned to Afghanistan in the pursuit of both understanding the plight of the Afghan people as well as helping them in whatever way he could. Upon his return, Ahmad became the CEO of Massoud Foundation—a nonprofit organization that provided funds to libraries and scholarships to top students across
Afghanistan.
 
In 2018, Ahmad officially entered politics and started his political movement with his father’s followers declaring him as the successor of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud. He continued expanding his movement and frequently appeared in the media discussing his vision for the future of the country. He advocated for his father’s Swiss model of governance emphasizing the importance of decentralization and de-concentration of power and the adoption of multiculturalism in bringing long lasting peace and prosperity.
 
Following the Taliban’s takeover on August 15, 2021, Ahmad created the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan to struggle for justice and freedom. According to NRF’s strategy, they are struggling for a democratic, decentralized and pluralistic Afghanistan where all citizens enjoy equal rights regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, and gender.

Praise For…


“The flame of liberty and equality finds its echo in Ahmad Massoud's book. This compelling account offers not just insight into Afghanistan’s struggle for democracy but also serves as a beacon of hope for all who cherish freedom.” —Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France

"Ahmad Massoud's memoir is a compelling narrative that doesn't just speak to the struggle of Afghanistan's people but to the global fight against terrorism. This book serves as a clarion call to recognize that our liberty is bound together—what happens in Afghanistan echoes across the world." —Joe Lieberman, former United States Senator

"Ahmad Massoud is a key leader in  Afghanistan’s resistance against the Taliban repression.  His book on the emerging opposition should be required reading for all those who hope to reverse the catastrophic US deal with the Taliban in 2020 or the withdrawal of US and NATO forces in 2021.” — Ambassador John Bolton, Former US National Security Advisor.

“Ahmad Massoud, son of the renowned Afghan freedom fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud, "the Lion of the Panjshir," tenaciously carries on his father's fight for a free and moderate Afghanistan. In this very personal account he argues that past mistakes can be overcome and outlines a renewed vision of Afghanistan's future. Let's hope this marks the beginning of a fresh, lively, and many-sided discussion leading to practical results and a new Afghanistan.” —S. Frederick Starr, author of Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane.



“The flame of liberty and equality finds its echo in Ahmad Massoud's book. This compelling account offers not just insight into Afghanistan’s struggle for democracy but also serves as a beacon of hope for all who cherish freedom.” —Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France

"Ahmad Massoud's memoir is a compelling narrative that doesn't just speak to the struggle of Afghanistan's people but to the global fight against terrorism. This book serves as a clarion call to recognize that our liberty is bound together—what happens in Afghanistan echoes across the world." —Joe Lieberman, former United States Senator

"Ahmad Massoud is a key leader in  Afghanistan’s resistance against the Taliban repression.  His book on the emerging opposition should be required reading for all those who hope to reverse the catastrophic US deal with the Taliban in 2020 or the withdrawal of US and NATO forces in 2021.” — Ambassador John Bolton, Former US National Security Advisor.

“Ahmad Massoud, son of the renowned Afghan freedom fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud, "the Lion of the Panjshir," tenaciously carries on his father's fight for a free and moderate Afghanistan. In this very personal account he argues that past mistakes can be overcome and outlines a renewed vision of Afghanistan's future. Let's hope this marks the beginning of a fresh, lively, and many-sided discussion leading to practical results and a new Afghanistan.” —S. Frederick Starr, author of Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781645720966
ISBN-10: 1645720969
Publisher: Republic Book Publishers
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English