Some of the oldest Quran Manuscripts - The Last Testament


The Quran is the only book that has been memorized cover to cover by millions of Muslims in each generation for fourteen hundred years. 385 If you destroyed every hardcopy book and electronic book in the world, the Quran will still remain as it has been memorized by millions. It is truly a preserved book.

The Quran we are reading matches some of the oldest manuscripts that have been found.
Below are only some of the oldest Quran manuscripts found. I have highlighted the following as they either show near completeness or the earliest parts of the manuscripts.
Many more examples can be found at: http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Text/Mss/

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Press Release

Germany

Researchers from the Project Coranica at the University Library in Tübingen, Germany have discovered a copy of the Quran that may be the oldest in the world, dating to within 20-40 years of the death of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The copy of the Quran, dubbed Ma VI 165 by scientists, appears in the famous “Kufic script”, popularized by Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib who moved the center of the Islamic government to Kufa in the after being elected as “Caliph” in 656 AD.

The manuscript “with a 95.4% statistical probability can be dated to the period between Ad 649 -675,” according to Medieval Histories Magazine.

Source: commdiginews.com 386

Dated

649A.D. – 675 A.D.

Address


University of Tübingen
Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ancient Oriental Studies and Egyptology

% of Quran found

26.2%

 

 

 

 

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Egypt

Late 1st century / early 2nd century of hijra. Moritz published four folios of this manuscript and dated them to 1st / 2nd century of hijra.

 

It can be said that this is one of the oldest copies of the Qur'an written in Egypt in the second half of 1st century hijra.

Source: Islamic-awareness.org 387

Dated

From 1st-2nd Century from Hijra (622 A.D.)

Address

Al-Hussein Mosque
Centre Library for Islamic Manuscripts, Masjid al-Sayyida Zaynab, Cairo, Egypt.
 

% of Quran found

99%

 

 

 

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Turkey

The Topkapi manuscript is an early manuscript of the Quran dated to the late 1st century / early 2nd century AH (i.e. early to mid 8th century AD)

 

This manuscript is kept in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey 388
Source: Islamic-awareness.org  389

Dated

From 1st-2nd Century from Hijra (622 A.D.)

Address

Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

% of Quran found

99%

 

 

 

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Press Release

England

A Find in Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps as Old as Islam

The ancient manuscript, written on sheep or goat skin, sat for nearly a century at a university library, with scholars unaware of its significance.
On Wednesday, researchers at the University of Birmingham revealed the startling finding that the fragments appeared to be part of what could be the world’s oldest copy of the Quran, and researchers say it may have been transcribed by a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad.
Source: New York Times 390 391

Dated

645A.D.

Address

Edgbaston

Birmingham B15 2TT

United Kingdom

% of Quran found

1%