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Birmingham University finds Oldest fragments of Quran


United Kingdom : The oldest fragments of the world of the Quran have been found by the University of Birmingham, BBC reported.


Radiocarbon dating found the script to be at least 1,370 years old earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognized in the university library for almost a century.

The British Library’s expert on such manuscripts, Dr Muhammad Isa Waley has said that this ‘exciting discovery’ would make Muslims delightful.

These manuscript had been kept with a collection of other Middle Eastern books and documents, without being identified as one of the oldest fragments of the Quran in the world.1

When a PhD researcher, Alba Fedeli, looked more closely at these pages, it was then decided to carry out a radiocarbon dating test and the results were astonishing.

The university’s director of special collections, Susan Worrall, said that researchers had not expected ‘in our wildest dreams’ that it would be so old.

He added, ‘Finding out we had one of the oldest fragments of the Quran in the whole world has been fantastically exciting.’


The tests carried out by the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, showed that the fragments written on sheep/goat skin, were among the very oldest surviving texts of the Quran.

These tests provided a range of dates showing that, with a probability of more than 95%, the parchment was from between 568 and 645.



David Thomas, the university’s professor of Christianity and Islam, has said that They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam.

Prof Thomas says that the dating of the Birmingham folios would mean it was quite possible that the person who had written them would have been alive at the time of the Prophet Muhammad.


According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.A.W) received the revelations that form the Quran, the scripture of Islam, between the years 610 and 632, the year of His death. 4

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