It would not be surprising that some fragments of what later were brought together as the Qur'an could be found floating around out there.Be that as it may, it remains to be seen that this very early dating will stand.We are all aware of the desperation in the islamists to raise the standard of Koran to near-status of the Bible, but it can never be anywhere because of the 100% consistency in the Scriptures.Sad still, the mainstream media fight against Christianity despite its clear positive on them.More decisively is the fact that there appears to have been no real palaeographic analysis done yet - just a grad student who noticed that the text between two leaves didn't "flow." This same grad student herself observed that the text form is almost identical with that of the leaves these sheets were bound up with, and which date to 200 years later.In all likelihood, we'll end up finding out that these quranic leaves will be dated palaeographically to sometime in the 9th century.His collection, which includes hundreds of manuscripts, is primarily housed at the University of Birmingham, in the UK.Many Muslims ask me, ‘How come so many Islamic documents and manuscripts ended up in non-Muslim lands and libraries?
It is my belief that Divine Will is allowing these manuscripts to be preserved in the best manner possible, even if that is occurring at the hands of those who do not believe in them in the first place.Until scholars have had a chance to examine the manuscript and go through the proper channels, the value of this find cannot be assessed.In fact, some Saudi scholars have raised doubts about this manuscript, and say it may be a publicity stunt.Christians have the most well-documented text of all ancient documents—the New Testament. Really, the antiquity of this fragment is meaningless, since it's a *fragment.* The Qur'an has a well-known textual history that involves its collation and expansion over a couple of centuries.Most of it does not date to within 100 years of the putative date for the death of Mohammed, but a few surat do.