Qatari Sheikha Moza at Oxford University: Islamophobia ‘has devalued Muslims’ lives’

H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and architect Dame Zaha Hadid outside the Investcorp Building, a new extension of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), yesterday delivered a keynote speech at the opening of Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

She spoke about the current relationship between the Middle East and Europe and the growing “fear of real, living Muslims” in Europe and contrasted it with Europe’s curiosity and “respect for the vast and rich architectural, philosophical and historical traditions” of Islam.

She said “Muslim-phobia” had devalued Muslims’ lives in Europe and America and highlighted the double standard in applying principles of free speech, human rights and dignity.

“Why do Muslims lives matter less than the lives of others? If they matter at all”…

My, your Highness, if things are so bad in the UK, Muslims should seriously reconsider settling there.  

Oddly enough, they show no signs of preferring to stay home.

As for the ‘Islamophobia,’ does it ever occur to you that the treatment of non-Muslims by Muslims just might play a role here?  How well are non-Muslims treated in Qatar?