Fragments of the oldest Quran in the World

Fragments of what researchers say are part of one of the world’s oldest manuscripts of the Quran have been found at the University of Birmingham, the school said Wednesday.

The ancient fragments are probably at least 1,370 years old, which could place the manuscript’s writing within a few years of the founding of Islam, researchers say, and the writer of the text may have known the Prophet Muhammad.

The small pieces of the manuscript, written on sheep or goat skin, sat in the university’s library for about a century until Alba Fedeli, a Ph.D. student, noticed their particular calligraphy. The university sent a small piece of the manuscript to Oxford University for radiocarbon dating.

Source: NYT

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