Early Koran manuscript found at Birmingham University carbon dated at Oxford
Monday 27 July, 2015
Radiocarbon dating at Oxford has identified what could be some of the earliest known fragments of the Koran.
The University of Birmingham has found within one of their library collections a manuscript recently identified as one of the oldest fragments of the Koran in the world. Fragments of this manuscript, which was written on animal (sheep or goat) skin, were radiocarbon dated by the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit and the results showed they were from between 568 and 645, making the manuscript at least 1,370 years old and among the very oldest surviving texts of the Koran. According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations that form the Koran over 22 years, between the years 610 and 632.
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Image: Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham.