‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

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By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent 22 July 2015 From the section Business The university’s academics were “startled” when the radiocarbon dating tests showed it was so old What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century. The British Library’s expert on such manuscripts, Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, said this “exciting discovery” would make Muslims “rejoice”. The manuscript had been kept with a collection of other Middle…

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