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Qur’an Manuscript to be displayed at the Barber

A Qur’an manuscript dated among the oldest in the world is to be displayed at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts this October.

Sue Worrall director of Special Collections at University of Birmingham with the pages of the worlds oldest Qur'an.

Friday 2 October until Sunday 25 October

Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between CE 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between CE 570 and 632.

Researchers conclude that the Qur’an manuscript is among the earliest written textual evidence of the Islamic holy book known to survive. This gives the Qur’an manuscript in Birmingham global significance to Muslim heritage and the study of Islam.

The Qur’an manuscript is part of the University’s Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts, and will be on display in the Barber from Friday 2 October until Sunday 25 October. It is Free admission to the gallery, click here for opening times.

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