The Birmingham Qur’an manuscript is one of the oldest in the world

The Birmingham Qur’an manuscript is one of the oldest in the world


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The Birmingham Qur’an manuscript it has recently been dated as one of the oldest in the world thanks to new modern scientific techniques, and will be exhibited to the public at the University of Birmingham.

The parchment was written in a period between 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy from October 2 to Saturday October 25.

Radiocarbon analyzes have shown that the parchment was written in a period between 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was commissioned to the laboratory of the University of Oxford. The result of the tests brings it closer to the time when the Prophet Muhammad lived.

Researchers conclude that the Qur'an manuscript is one of the first texts to show evidence of surviving Islam, which makes the Qur'an manuscript of great importance in the study of Islamic cultural heritage and culture. study of Islam.

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Susan Worrall, Director of Special Collections at the University of Birmingham explained that radiocarbon has left a very exciting result that has contributed significantly to understanding some of the oldest written copies of the Qur’an and has expressed his happiness that this important historical document is in Birmingham, the most culturally diverse city in the United Kingdom.

The manuscript is part of the Cadbury Library's Middle Eastern Manuscript Collection. Founded by philanthropist Edward Cadbury, the collection was acquired to increase Birmingham's status as a center for religious studies and to attract top Theology scholars.

Dr. Alba Fideli, who has studied the manuscript as part of her doctoral research, has stated that «The two sheets of which the parchment is composed, which the carbon has dated to the first part of the 7th century, come from the same codex kept in manuscript in the National Library of France in Paris«.

Professor David Thomas, a specialist in Christianity and Islam, and Nadir Dinshaw, professor of interfaith relations at the University of Birmingham have stated that the radiocarbon that has dated the Birmingham folios has revealed very surprising results that may lead to the date of foundation of islam.

In accordance with Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation that gave rise to the Qur’an manuscript, the manuscript of Islam, between 610 and 632, the year of his death.


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