About the author: ‘Bat Ye'or, born in Cairo, became a stateless refugee in 1957. On her marriage in 1959, she acquired British citizenship, and a year later settled in Switzerland and is the mother of three children’. Since 1971 she has written a number of insightful and historical books and numerous articles on non-Muslims or “dhimmis” under Islam. Her second book’s Le Dhimmi (Paris/1980), translation into English (1985; Hebrew/1986; Russian/1991) brought her international recognition. Her fourth book and second major work, The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam. From Jihad to Dhimmitude (French/1991; English/1996; German/2002), placed the study of Arab/Islam and its relationship with “others” ‘on a new footing that could no longer be ignored and confirmed her reputation as a pioneer thinker in a new field of research.’ This work was greatly enhanced by Islam and Dhimmitude. Where Civilizations Collide, (2002, 2nd print 2003) which examines the trend toward dhimmitude in the 20th century.
Her latest book, EURABIA: The Euro-Arab Axis (31 January 2005), describes the gradual transformation of Europe into "Eurabia," a cultural and political appendage of the Arab/Muslim world. A serious assessment of the traditional "Jihad Ideology" and of Dhimmitude became all the more essential not only in the aftermath of the terrorist Jihad-war against America on September 11, 2001 but in light of the aggressive push Islam is making toward what many of it proponents consider the inevitable coming of the true golden age of Islam and the realisation of its stated aim of final conversion of the world.
To quote ‘In the Islamic system, politics and religion are united. The definition given by the great 14th century historian, Ibn Khaldun, is worth quoting briefly: "In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the (Muslim) mission and (the obligation) to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.”
So the Mission is a worldwide caliphate i.e. the rulership of Islam by a caliph who is both the spiritual head and temporal ruler of the Islamic state), where both ‘royal’ and religious authority “are united (in Islam), so that the person in charge can devote the available strength to both of them (religion and politics) at the same time".