Birmingham Koran story reviewed

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Birmingham Koran story reviewed

#1  Postby Made of Stars » Dec 23, 2015 8:47 pm

Interesting analysis of the various opinions on the ancient manuscript held in the Birmingham, including speculation that it could have been scribed by a contemporary of Mohammed:

When the University of Birmingham revealed that it had fragments from one of the world's oldest Korans, it made headlines around the world.

In terms of discoveries, it seemed as unlikely as it was remarkable.

But it raised even bigger questions about the origins of this ancient manuscript.

And there are now suggestions from the Middle East that the discovery could be even more spectacularly significant than had been initially realised.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35151643
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Re: Birmingham Koran story reviewed

#2  Postby Oeditor » Dec 26, 2015 12:50 pm

Despite all this fuss, why is there still no suggestion that anyone has sent the main ms from Paris to be radiocarbon dated? Similarly, how come there's still (afaik) been no published letter for letter comparison of either with the currently received version? I've come across whispers of differences but Dr Fedeli's thesis is unavailable on line, having been embargoed for two years.
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#3  Postby Oeditor » Dec 27, 2015 2:52 pm

Christian Post has followed the BBC account with an optimistic artice in which, alas, it offers nothing new.
World's Oldest Quran Supports Claim That Muhammad Changed Text Already in Existence
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There has been some dispute over the exact dating of the Birmingham fragments, however, with some British scholars suggesting that the written work actually predates the founding of Islam by Muhammad.

"This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Quran'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," Keith Small of Oxford's Bodleian Library said back in August.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/quran-muhammad-oldest-islamic-text-egypt-mosque-biggest-discovery-muslim-world-153293/#!
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