"As it turns out, on one of the four surfaces of our fragments we have a chapter division, which would seem to suggest that what we have was once a fully-formed Quran, possibly as early as the sixth century," he explains.If it is in fact from the later part of the suggested date range, it would be evidence supporting "a traditional view" of Muhammad and the Quran, he says.As New Historian reported when the find was announced, the two pages were initially believed to have been part of a codex, whose other parts are kept in France.Initially, the hypothesis was that the fragments were contemporaneous with Muhammad, pushing the date of the first written copy of the Quran back, but not too much.Rather, in Islamic culture, pre-marital relationships of any kind between members of the opposite sex is forbidden.Islam believes the choice of a marriage partner is one of the most important decisions a person will make in his or her lifetime.The fragments found in the Birmingham library, written on either goatskin or sheepskin, had mistakenly been bound into another copy of the Quran dating to the seventh century, part of a collection of around 3,000 Middle Eastern texts collected in Iraq in the 1920s.There will likely be further tests, Thomas says, because a Quran confirmed as predating the Prophet Muhammad would set off "a radical revision of Islamic history.
Thomas says it's possible but he doubts it, citing "a big problem" around the earliest date range ascribed to the document.
First of all, Muslim youth develop very close friendships with their same-sex peers.
This "sisterhood" or "brotherhood" that develops when they are young continues throughout their lives, and serves as a network to become familiar with other families.
A Qur’an that may be the world’s oldest made a splash in July, when carbon dating at the University of Oxford placed it at about 1,370 years old — the era of Muhammad.
The “Birmingham Qur’an,” named after the English university where it resides, was heralded as proof that modern texts have remained true to Muhammad’s original words. That’s not only very, very old, it’s quite possibly If the dating is correct, the “Birmingham Koran” was produced between AD568 and AD645, while the dates usually given for Muhammad are AD570 to AD632…