The Best of 2015 // #97: The First Quran

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For decades, the pages of parchment sat in the University of Birmingham’s Research library. A scholar happened to notice them in July, and surprised everyone with the findings of one of the first Qurans.

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Radiocarbon dating places the parchment between AD 568 and AD 645


“The scribes may have heard the Prophet Mohammad speak, have seen him, or may have even known him [before his death in 632]”.

– David Thomas, professor of Christianity and Islam at University of Birmingham

The text on the pages is nearly identical to what is written in the modern-day Quran, shedding a bit of light on Islam’s beginnings and showing that the Holy Book has changed very little in almost 14 centuries.

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