Worlds oldest Quran manuscript held in Birmingham

The Quran was revealed to man in stages over a 23-year period. During this time in 600 CE, scribes began to take note of the revelations.

Who would have thought centuries on, one of the world’s oldest Quran manuscripts would be held in the cultural hub of the Uk, Birmingham.

Fragments of the Quran dating back from between AD 568 and 645 place the papers close to the time of the Prophet Mohammed and are held by Birmingham University.

The scripts are written with ink in Hijazi – which is an early form of Arabic, and contain parts of Suras 18 to 20.

The manuscripts were moved go Lambeth Palace last Wednesday, 19th July to be introduced to Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam, Ahmed el Tayyeb.

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb was introduced to the most ancient manuscript for the Holy Quran at his residence in Lambeth Palace, London on July 18, 2018 – Press photo/Official Facebook page of Azhar


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