One of the “older” versions of the Koran discovery in the UK

versets-chapitres-sourates-18-20One of the oldest manuscript versions of the Koran, possibly the oldest, which dates back to the late sixth century or the beginning of the seventh, was discovered in the library of the University of Birmingham, announced this Wednesday.

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The manuscript pages were stored for nearly a century in a collection of books and documents of the Middle East, no one suspected their seniority.

The manuscript pages were stored for nearly a century in a collection of books and documents of the Middle East, no one suspected their seniority.

This is when a researcher, the Italian Alba Fedeli, examined the text for his doctoral thesis that the university has decided to conduct a carbon-14 dating.

“The result is surprising,” said David Thomas, a specialist at the university of Islam and Christianity. The analysis lead to the conclusion that the manuscript was written between 568 and 645 AD, with a certainty of 95.4%.

Now, according to Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad lived between 570 and 632.

“The analysis of the parchment shows that there is a high probability that the animal whose skin comes lived in the time of Prophet Muhammad or shortly after,” adds David Thomas.

Verses chapters or suras 18 to 20, written in ink in Hijazi, an ancient Arabic calligraphic style, are reproduced in this manuscript, according to Alba Fedeli, from the same codex as sheets kept in the National Library of France to Paris.

The president of the Birmingham Central Mosque, Muhammad Afzal, said that “all Muslims of the world would like to have the chance to see the manuscript.” It will be exhibited at the University of Birmingham from October 2 to 25.

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