Birmingham's ancient Koran history found in UK varsity
Dec 23, London: An ancient copy of the Quran found at the University of Birmingham this summer may have belonged to Abu Bakr, one of the world's first ever Muslims, news reports said.
Radiocarbon dating carried out in July found the fragments to be at least 1,370-years-old raising the possibility that it could be the oldest copy of the Islamic holy book in existence.
According to news reports, there are claims that these could be fragments from the very first complete version of the Koran, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad - and that it is "the most important discovery ever for the Muslim world".
Abu Bakr is widely understood to be the first person to convert to Islam outside the Prophet Mohammed's direct family. He served as a friend and trusted advisor to the prophet and became the first ever Muslim caliph in 632, ruling for 27 months until his death 634.
The quality of the Birmingham Quran's parchment and handwriting suggests the 200 leaf document could only have been created for an incredibly important figure, news reports said.
The Oslo Times