World’s oldest Qur’an found in German university


Researchers in Germany have discovered an old manuscript of the Holy Qur’an at the library of the University of Tübingen.

Scholars at the Coranica Project, part of the University of Tübingen, found the book, written between 20 and 40 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Written in Kufic script, the manuscript, dubbed MA VI 165, was donated to the university in 1864 as part of the collection of the Prussian consul Johann Gottfried Wetzstein.

Using carbon-14 dating on three samples of the manuscript parchment, the researchers concluded that it was more than ۹۵ percent likely to have originated in the period 649-675 AD.

The Coranica project investigates the Qur’an in the context of its historical background using documents such as manuscripts and information derived from archaeological excavations.

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