Discovery of ‘oldest’ Qur’an fragments could resolve enigmatic history of holy text

For the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, the idea that the Qur’an is a seventh century text disseminated by Islam’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad, is neither news, nor particularly controversial. But in academia the history of this holy text is much more opaque. For researchers in Islamic studies, historical evidence dating the Qur’an back to Islam’s foundational era […]