Thursday, 23 July 2015

"Oldest" Qur'an Fragments at Birmingham University - An Expert Speaks

"The fragment of the Qur'an folios that were found at Birmingham is not at all what they claim them to be. They in fact belong to the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd century Higra if not later. All the features in them: the script, dotting, using golden and red ink as well as the separation of Ayat and Suar...etc.) indicate that they might have been written on parchments older than the script.Therefore, they are not as early as they think. Strange enough, Berlin and Tubingen claim the same with their own fragments."

Qasim al-Samarrai, Professor Emeritus of Paleography and Codicology, Leiden - Holland.

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