OOPS: Oldest Koran in the world may predate Muhammad, Oxford University researchers say
Fragments from the oldest Koran ever discovered could possibly predate the founding of Islam by the prophet Muhammad, researchers from the University of Oxford told The Times of London Tuesday.
And according to one of those Oxford researchers, Keith Small, “This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran’s genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven.”
In July, radiocarbon dating indicated that those same parchment folios tested by the University of Birmingham in central England were at least 1,370 years old, which would make them one of the earliest written forms of the Islamic holy book in existence.
Researchers said the manuscript consisted of two parchment leaves and contained parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20, and was written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi.
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