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Later tests, however, have revealed that it may have originated as far back as 1,448 years ago.
In other words, the fragments, tested by scientists from the University of Oxford, probably originated some time between 568 CE and 645 CE, while Muhammad’s birth year is believed to be 570 CE.
“The final authoritative written form was not completed until 650AD under the third leader Caliph Uthman”.
The Quran is the most sacred book of the Islamic faith, and Muslims consider it the direct word of god.
Two fragments from the Quran, discovered last month and considered the earliest written evidence of Islam’s holy book, have now been suggested to pre-date the birth of the prophet Muhammad, the founder of the religion.
What the tests revealed initially, was that the parchment originated around 1,370 years ago.
The University of Oxford’s Dr Keith Small said it “gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran’s genesis, like that Mohamed and his early followers used a text already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda”.
Modern methods can only accurately provide a range of dates for the Birmingham manuscripts origins, however, opening up a controversial time window during which the pages could have been created.
Some reports suggest then that these parchments might predate Mohammed , and rewrite the early history of Islam.
“The Koran was memorised and recited orally but Caliph Abu Bakr, the first leader of the Muslim community after Muhammad's death, ordered the Koranic material to be collected into a book,” reports Mail Online.
One of the scientists who took part in the analysis of the manuscript pointed out that the carbon dating was done on the parchment only, not on the ink.
Still, said Keith Small from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, talking to the Times of London, if tests on the ink are consistent with the time range established for the parchment, it would seem that at least parts of the Muslim holy book were actually created before the birth of the man considered God’s prophet.