I have titled this work Afghanistan, My Ancestral Home. If you get the idea that it deals with historyand geography of the country where I was born and where I grew up, youmay not find either in its pages the way you have read a history bookor a book on the geography. It does not serve that purpose and the authoradmits he is not a historian or a person well versed in geography.
It also does not cover thevarious aspects of the culture of the Afghans, because
even though the country is small, 250,000 square miles, it is very muchdiverse in terms of the Afghan nation, and the different regions thatthey live in. It does, however, attempt to depict the way of life of thelower middle class in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces which the author ismost familiar with.
Again, the author does notclaim that all people in these two provinces go through the same developmentalperiod or invariably do the same things that he has experienced throughoutthe life period that he describes. In this respect he hopes that it willbe looked upon as an autobiography–with a difference.
Some historic events havebeen alluded to, some geographic facts have been mentioned, some politicalobservations have been made and some general cultural characteristicsof the people of Afghanistan have been described.
Please overlook any oversightand some false assumptions on the part of the author about facts and figuresfor the author humbly admits his shortcomings. The author hopes that ifyou take time and trouble to leaf through this book’s pages and generalizethings in your mind’s eye, you may get a picture of an Afghan as he growsup and goes through life in that far pavilion that is Afghanistan– thecenturies old abode of a nation that has experienced (and is still experiencing)great vicissitudes in its history, located as it is in the crossroad ofcivilization in the heart of Asia.
Mohammed Khalid Roashan
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