A manuscript of the Koran found buried away in a Birmingham library is more likely than not the oldest known direct record of the Prophet Mohamed's teachings, according to an expert at the university where it was discovered. Amid claims the fragments could throw the traditional view of the origins of Islam into question, a member of the team involved in the discovery said further analysis of the ancient artefact threw up a "problem" with this theory. Carbon dating revealed last month that the four delicate pages of script etched on animal skin were at least 1, years old, potentially making it the oldest partial copy of the Koran in the world.
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According to a radiocarbon dating analysis, the section of manuscript — which is part of a special collection at the University of Birmingham — was created between AD to AD. The Prophet Muhammad is generally believed to have lived between and David Thomas, a professor of Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham, said the finding could well "take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam.
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