News ID: 56022
Published: 0641 GMT November 23, 2014

World's oldest Qur'an found in Germany

World's oldest Qur'an found in Germany

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, a department of the University of Tübingen, found the book, written between 20 and 40 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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, Press TV said.

Using carbon-14 dating on three samples of the manuscript parchment, the researchers concluded that it was more than 95 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 archeological excavations.

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