Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quran fragments found in Britain are dated to the birth of Islam

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Dan Bilefsky
The testing, which is more than 95% accurate, has dated the parchment on which the text is written to between 568 and 645 AD, the researchers said.
UNITED KINGDOM---Fragments of a manuscript kept at the University of Birmingham have been found to be part of one of the world’s oldest texts of the Quran, researchers at the school said on 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. [link]