A Qur’an manuscript held by the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library has been placed among the oldest in the world thanks to modern scientific methods.
Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who lived between AD 570 and 632.
Researchers conclude that the Qur’an manuscript is among the earliest written textual evidence of the Islamic holy book known to survive. This gives the Qur’an manuscript in Birmingham global significance to Muslim heritage and the study of Islam.
Source: University of Birmingham
I can already hear Jay Smith, David Wood, and Shamoune, lamenting, grieving and feeling a bitter surge of anger overcoming them; a Quranic manuscript from the time of the Prophet, versus Biblical manuscripts centuries after Jesus had left the scene.Not a pretty picture.I wonder what Robert Spencer, who does not believe the Prophet (saw) even existed, will make of this?