In The Name of My Father

In The Name of My Father


In the Name of My Father is a compelling and insightful piece that reflects on the struggle for freedom and democracy in Afghanistan…

Author: Ahmad Massoud

Publisher: Republic Book Publishers

Published Date: April 10, 2024

Language: English

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.”


Ahmad Massoud, an ethnic Tajik from northern Afghanistan, is the leader of the National Resistance Front (NRF) of Afghanistan. He is the son of the late anti-Soviet and resistance leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud. Ahmad was born on July 10, 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 King’s 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 deconcentration 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 the 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. See AUTHOR SHOWCASE for more information, blogs, events, and to follow the author.