World’s oldest Quran fragments found by British university
By Khaama Press - Wed Jul 22 2015, 2:52 pm
The University of Birmingham in United Kingdom has found Manuscript fragments of the Holy Quran dating back at least 1,370 years.
The fragments of the holy Quran was found among the archives of the British higher education establishment of the University of Birmingham.
The pages of the holy Quran, identified to have been written in an early form of Arabic, were part of a collection brought back to Britain from Iraq in the 1920s.
According to a report by BBC, the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognized in the university library and had never been recognized for their antiquity or value for almost a century.
Written on goat or sheepskin, the fragments almost certainly come from between the years 568 and 645, according to the radiocarbon dating indicating the fragments.
The Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit carried out the tests which have an accuracy probability of more than 95%.
Professor of Christianity and Islam David Thomas in the University of Birmingham told BBC “They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam.”
Professor Thomas further added that the dating of the Birmingham folios would mean that it was quite possible that the person who had written them would have been alive at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).