Oldest quran carbon dating
No manuscripts or studies or science suggest that the Qurʾān predates the Prophet Muḥammad.At best, every headline should have been a variation of “Birmingham manuscript suggests that an animal lived before the lifetime of Muḥammad.” But then, I suppose that’s not very interesting news.2.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.But it’s also entirely possible, even without this consideration, that the parchment fragments could predate their use as material for a written Qurʾān by centuries.Based on the above, it is sad to think that anyone, particularly with an academic background, takes seriously the notion that the contents of the Birmingham manuscript actually predate the Prophet’s lifetime.There seems some poetic justice in the fact that a city that is home to one of the most multicultural communities in the world (described without irony on Fox News as a “no-go area” for non-Muslims) should now, as it surely will, become a veritable Mecca for both non-Muslims and Muslims eager to examine for themselves these almost 1,400-year-old pages, which are offered in a clear, legible, even beautiful hand.Certainly, the discovery will have its detractors, and no doubt these will be of two kinds.
Of course, if one was inclined to accept that the Birmingham manuscript, in spite of all of this, predates the birth of the Prophet Muḥammad, then the Qurʾān would be an even greater miracle than any Muslim had ever imagined, given that what were previously contemporary historical events now have no other explanation but divine prophecy.
The Qurʾān contains names and events that could not predate the Prophet’s birth.
For instance, Muḥammad’s name is mentioned four times in the text of the Qurʾān.
In other words, even the parts of the Qurʾān that are not held to be prophetic in a predictive sense suddenly have their value upgraded to just that.3.
There is no contextual historical evidence to suggest that any of the Qurʾān predates the accepted time frame of revelation.4.