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Qur’anic Manuscript M1574: How Did it Get to Birmingham, UK?

Watch Ustadh Shibli Zaman in this short two-part commentary on the University of Birmingham’s recent carbon dating of the Qur’anic manuscript fragments “M 1572”, which was found to be among the oldest in the world. The parts of the Qur’an written on the parchment can be dated to less than two decades after the Prophet’s ﷺ death.

Part I addresses God’s promise to preserve the Qur’an, and Part II deals with how the Qur’anic manuscript reached University of Birmingham by way of Alphonse Mingana.

Part I- God’s Promise to Preserve the Qur’an:


Part II- How did Qur’anic Manuscript M1572 Get to Birmingham, UK?

About the author

Shibli Zaman

Shibli Zaman was born in Summit, New Jersey and raised in Houston, Texas. Since his childhood, he has frequently traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Later in life, much of this time was spent studying Islamic jurisprudence in the Shafi`i and Hanbali schools of law. He has a deep appreciation for different cultures and is literate in several languages such as Arabic, Persian, Pashto and Urdu. Surprising for a Muslim, he is also adept in Hebrew and Aramaic. Having a proclivity for Semitic linguistics enabled him to study the Biblical texts from a unique perspective. He holds a gold medal in Bible Memory from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has contributed to one of the most significant websites defending Islam's textual sources and traditions from an academic perspective, He was an employee of Shaykh Salman al-`Awdah from whose inspiration he benefited tremendously and assisted in the early phases of his English website,

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