Over 1,300-year-old Holy Quran fragments found

BIRMINGHAM: What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Holy Quran has 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 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 Eastern books and documents, without being identified as one of the oldest fragments of the Holy Quran in the world.