Fernando wrote:It looks as though this story is going to run and run, The Daily Mail today has a headlinehttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3216627/Koran-Birmingham-thought-oldest-world-predate-Prophet-Muhammad-scholars-say.html#ixzz3kNtx6gyMThe 'Birmingham Koran' fragment that could shake Islam after carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than the Prophet Muhammad
It is believed that the Birmingham Koran was produced between 568AD and 645AD, while the dates usually given for Muhammad are between 570AD and 632AD.
Historian Tom Holland, told the Times: 'It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged - and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions.'
Keith Small, from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, added: 'This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran's genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven[my emphasis]
The full story is, unfortunately, behind the Times paywall
Is there anyone who has access and could tell us whether a new consensus is developing or it's just a Bank Holiday flash in the pan? And what about the rest of the manuscript, which was originally said to be sitting in France?
Is there anyone who has access and could tell us whether a new consensus is developing or it's just a Bank Holiday flash in the pan? And what about the rest of the manuscript, which was originally said to be sitting in France?[
All your questions are answered on this youtube presentation.
The Quran was not "sent down" from anywhere, it is man made, cobbled together from varying bits of manuscripts, from differing eras, which do not agree with each other.