The dating of the quran
A Qur’an that may be the world’s oldest made a splash in July, when carbon dating at the University of Oxford placed it at about 1,370 years old — the era of Muhammad.
Instead, the revelations were preserved in ‘the memories of men.’ Parts of it had also been written down on parchment, stone, palm leaves and the shoulder blades of camels…In other words, the dates can’t be right because that would make the Hadiths inauthentic.And just how would you estimate the probability of a Muslim scholar determining that the Hadiths are inauthentic?"Dating" as it is currently practiced in much of the world does not exist among Muslims.Young Muslim men and women (or boys and girls) do not enter into one-on-one intimate relationships, spending time alone together and "getting to know one another" in a very deep way as a precursor to selecting a marital partner.The Qur’an is a revelation from God, the creator of the worlds, so He is the original author…
The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the archangel Gabriel who helped the Prophet memorize the Qur’an, as reported in several authentic Hadith narrations.
Dating of artifacts from the era in question is often more accurate than dating material from the last few hundred years, Dr. Graham Bench, director of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, concurred, and added a caveat: “You’re dating the parchment,” he said. You’re making the assumption that the parchment or vellum was used within years of it being made, which is probably a reasonable assumption, but it’s not watertight.”It’s no doubt an understatement of Biblical — I mean Qur’anic — proportions to say that Muslim scholars are displeased.
Scholars like Shady Hekmat Nasser from the University of Cambridge (readers, please duly note that’s a first name, not an adjective), said: “these discoveries only attest to the accuracy of these sources.” The Islamic site On Islam has a predictable headline in response: “Muslims Reject Claims that Qur’an Predated Prophet”: Claims by scientists at the University of Oxford that the copy of holy Qur’an discovered in Birmingham last month predates Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been widely rejected by Muslim scholars, who questioned the accuracy of historians’ numbers.…Questions surrounding that accuracy of the carbon analysis were raised earlier by Saudi and Turkish scientists.
Halit Eren, General Director of the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), raised similar concerns.
Mustafa Shah, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, in London, said it was important to be wary of revisionist claims.
Saudi scholars and archaeologists refuted Birmingham claims about discovering the Qur’an oldest copy, asserting that the red ink used to separate between chapters was not used during the era of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).