Dawa as practiced by radical Islamists employs a wide range of mechanisms to advance their goal of imposing Islamic law (sharia) on society. This includes proselytizing but extends beyond that.4 In Western countries, dawa aims both to convert non-Muslims to political Islam and to instill Islamist views in existing Muslims.5 The ultimate goal of dawa is to destroy the political institutions of a free society and replace them with the rule of sharia law.
Dawa is to the Islamists of today what the “long march through the institutions” was to twentieth-century Marxists. It is subversion from within—the abuse of religious freedom in order to undermine that very freedom. Another analogy is also possible. After Islamists gain power, dawa is to them what Gleichschaltung (synchronization) of all aspects of German state, civil, and social institutions was to the National Socialists.
I have not had a chance to read yet beyond the Executive Summary. She sounds a clarion warning that unfortunately falls on largely deaf ears among Western politicians and academians, particularly the progressive liberals. Those with their head-in-the-sand will realize too late the fatal magnitude of their mistake as the tentacles of Sharia take hold within the culture and academic institutions. Ironically, the leftist liberals will be among the first casualties of this soft jihad once it succeeds in destroying the foundation of free society.