Posted: Sep 01, 2015 1:28 pm
by kennyc
An ancient copy of the Koran found in a Birmingham library could rewrite the early history of Islam, experts believe.

Some of the world’s oldest fragments of the Muslim holy text were discovered by the University of Birmingham in July.

The pages of the Koran were kept with a collection of Middle Eastern books and lay undiscovered for almost a century.

Experts think the manuscript, written on sheep or goat skin, dates back to between AD 568 and 645.

The Prophet Muhammad, said to have received the revelations that form the Koran, lived between AD 570 and 632.

But now some historians controversially believe the Birmingham Koran could pre-date the Prophet.

That would contradict most accounts of his life and legacy and may “radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition”.

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