The Birmingham Qur'an

The Birmingham Qur’an manuscript is one of the earliest surviving fragments of the Qur’an and one of only a handful of early manuscripts of the Qur’an in the world to have been radiocarbon dated. It is part of the Mingana Collection of 3000 Middle Eastern manuscripts, cared for by the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham, UK. The Birmingham Qur’an Manuscript contains parts of surahs 18-20 of the Islamic holy book, written on parchment in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi.

Free online course

A free, four-week online course open to all, beginning on 14 May 2018 at FutureLearn: The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands.

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