2015-07-22 17:58:16 UTC
LONDON -- Fragments of what researchers say are part of one of the
world's oldest manuscripts of the Quran have been found at the
University of Birmingham, the school said on Wednesday. ...The small
pieces of the manuscript, written on sheep or goat skin, sat in the
university's library for about a century until a Ph.D. student
noticed their particular calligraphy. The university sent a small
piece of the manuscript to Oxford University for radiocarbon dating.
...Tests by the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit indicated with
a probability of more than 94 percent that the parchment dated from
568 to 645. ... Consisting of two parchment leaves, the manuscript
contains parts of suras, or chapters, 18 to 20.
There is a problem here. The tradition says that Uthman's men
collected the Qur'an. But Uthman was caliph 644-656. Even if the
fragment were part of the first written Qur'an the parchmen is too
early. I hope this problem is recognized and resolved in the near