World’s Old Holy Qurans


An Egyptian Arabic language website has published a report on the oldest copies of the Holy Quran available today.

According to the Sadi al-Balad website, the Birmingham Quran manuscript is one of earliest copies of the Holy Book.

Part of the University of Birmingham’s Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts, and held in the Cadbury Research Library, it was discovered in 2015.

The manuscript is written in ink on parchment, using a monumental Arabic Hijazi script and is still clearly legible.

The leaves preserve parts of Surahs 18 to 20.

Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy.

It was on display at the Birmingham University, Bramall Music Building, on October 2-25, 2015 and is being exhibited at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 5 August 2016.

According to Sadi al-Balad, another rare, old copy of the Quran is one discovered in Yemen in 2012.

It dates back to the second century after Hijra (9th century C.E.).

The manuscript was found wrapped in leather deep inside the cave in the mountain city of Dhale, southern Yemen.

Back in 1972, a large number of parchments dating back to a similar period had been found, although they are yet to be officially confirmed.

The website has also mentioned a number of Quran copies found in Iran, China and elsewhere as some of the oldest manuscripts of the Holy Book.