Researchers have discovered parts of what is thought to be the oldest copy of the Holy Qu’ran.
The manuscript has reportedly been at the library of the University of Birmingham for over 100 years.
According to researchers, the fragments are at least 1370 years old.
Carbon dating carried out on the pages, which were written on animal skin, put the date of origin between AD 568 and 645.
According to a religious professor at the University, David Thomas, the pages might have been written just a few years after Islam was actually founded.
“According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations that form the Koran, the scripture of Islam, between the years 610 and 632, the year of his death.”
Professor Thomas said: “The person who actually wrote it could well have known the Prophet Muhammad. He would have seen him probably, he would maybe have heard him preach. He may have known him personally – and that really is quite a thought to conjure with.”
See a scan of one of the pages below.