Leaves from an ancient Quran manuscript that have been housed at the rare book collections of the University of Birmingham in the U. That puts the fragmented parchment among the oldest copies of the Islamic holy book in the world, notes Maev Kennedy for The Guardian. For most of the intervening years, the fragments remained hidden in another document collected by Mingana until recently, when Alba Fedeli, a researcher who was studying the text, noticed the script was out of sync with the rest of the text, explains Dan Bilefsky for the New York Times. Whoever wrote the text used ink and a type of script called Hijazi to inscribe part of Suras or chapters 18 to 20 of the Quran onto pieces of goat or sheep skin.
Dating dispute over 'oldest Koran'
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Radiocarbon, or Carbon dating, was developed by W. Libby, E. Anderson and J. Arnold in It is perhaps one of the most widely used and best known absolute dating methods and has become an indispensable part of an archaeologist's tool-kit.
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1,500-Year-Old Quran Manuscript Could Be Oldest Known Copy
The Birmingham Quran manuscript is a parchment on which two leaves of an early Quranic manuscript are written. In the manuscript, which is held by the University of Birmingham ,  was radiocarbon dated to between and CE in the Islamic calendar, between 56 BH and 25 AH. The manuscript is written in ink on parchment, using an Arabic Hijazi script and is still clearly legible.
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