Oldest quran carbon dating
Given the more than 95% accuracy of the carbon-dating involved, carried out at the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, this discovery indicates that these fragments are in all probability contemporary with the Prophet himself.No wonder that the University of Birmingham, and the city as a whole, has welcomed the news with excitement and pride.French scholar François Déroche, for example, argued in 2014 that carbon-dating seems to offer too early a time period for the Umayyad-era (661-750 CE) Qurans that he has examined.Such discrepancies can usually be attributed to the fact that carbon-dating provides a reasonably accurate assessment of the date of the medium of writing—for example, the death date of an animal whose skin is used for writing on—rather than the date when of the writing itself.The document contains some usage of diacritical marks.
Well, does the Birmingham manuscript predate the lifetime of the Prophet? Or, if it does, then the case for its divinity is even stronger. The Birmingham manuscript’s is the only thing that has been carbon dated.Every single one of the above mentioned articles has noted that, indeed, there is no actual evidence to suggest the text itself predates the Prophet’s lifetime.According to the logic being used by the “predating” line of thinking, If I found a scrap of paper that existed prior to my birth and wrote something on it, it means that, actually, what I had written magically predates my birth. Two Quran fragments unknowingly held since 1936 in the University of Birmingham’s manuscript collection have been definitively dated to the era of Muhammad’s life or a little later.The writing of the two folios (with text corresponding to chapters 18-20 in the modern Quran) has been placed somewhere between 568 and 645 CE, which is very close to the conventional dating offered for the Prophet’s ministry, 610-632 CE.