Pages of one of the oldest surviving manuscripts from the Quran, that are at least 1,370 years-old, have been discovered at the University of Birmingham. The pages which contain parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20, had been wrongly stored with another set of pages from a manuscript which dates much later.

"They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam," said David Thomas, professor of Christianity and Islam at the university. As these fragments have been carbon dated by examining the parchment that they are written on. The process is 95.4 percent accurate and could have been written between 568 and 645. Mohammad is believed to have lived between 570 and 632. 

"The person who actually wrote it may well have known the Prophet Mohammad. He would have seen him probably, he would maybe have heard him preach. He may have known him personally," continued professor Thomas.

One of the oldest Quran manuscripts in the world

One of the oldest Quran manuscripts in the world