Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Early Koran fragment found

Birmingham U in the UK has discovered in its collections what it believes to be one of the oldest known fragments of a Koran. This one is so old that specialists believe it very possible that the person who wrote them could have lived at the same time as the Prophet Muhammad. The parchment dates between 568 and 645 A.D. Muslims believe that the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad between 610 and 632 A.D. A final version of the Koran in book form was completed about 650 A.D. The fragment volume is written in an early form of written Arabic called Hijazi script. BU plans to display the fragments in October. The Koran fragments volume is part of the Alphonse Mingana Collection of over 3,000 Middle Eastern books and documents collected in the Middle East in the 1920s by Mingana, who was an Iraqi Chaldean priest. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33436021

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