Quran fragments in drawer at British university may be world’s oldest

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A photo of Quran manuscripts

These Quran manuscripts were brought to England in the late 1920s and were lying in a drawer next to the diaries of English playwright Noel Coward. There were found by a researcher at the University of Birmingham,. Photo courtesy Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham.

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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The manuscripts had been brought to England in the late 1920s; a grad student decided to take a closer look.

  • Jack

    Were the parts about raping, enslaving and butchering all non-Muslims in the original version too?

  • Saied

    Why you find a smiley face there appropriate I do not appreciate. I could say that the Christian texts contain also and more explicit re raping and enslaving and brutal killing.

  • Jack

    Saied – And I’d agree with you 100%. ALL so-called ‘Abrahamic’ monotheistic religions were born out of fanaticism and bloodshed.

  • Sure,you could SAY that,Saied…but then I would have to challenge you to show the readers where in the New Testament “raping,enslaving,and brutal killing”were commanded by Jesus Christ ANYWHERE in The Gospels or in the Book of Acts or in any of the Epistles.Oh wait,I forgot: You Muslims claim that we Christians don’t actually have The Injil; we have a supposedly corrupted version of it.Well,shucks,Saied…I guess you will have to show the readers the original Injl (Gospels) that contain the verses verifying that Isa (Jesus) commanded those who would believe in Him and follow Him to rape,enslave,and brutally kill unbelievers. [ Don’t forget–chapter and verse,please. I await your reply.

  • ishmael nemo

    my god is better than your god…blather, blather, blather

  • Larry

    And yet churches for the last 1500 years have provided excuses and pretexts for raping, pilaging and genocide based on the Bible. Yet Christians still use the Bible to justify the imprisonment and murder of people (ask Scott Lively).

    The whole argument that Islam is bad because Christianity is better is utter bullcrap. They BOTH are bad.

  • Larry

    Ariel Bradly: Homeschooled Christian Fundamentalist/ISIS bride


    “But as I look at Ariel’s story, fundamentalist Christianity and fundamentalist Islam don’t feel all that different. Both strive to return to the practices of the earliest believers and adhere strictly to a literal interpretation of their religions books. Both encourage followers to structure their entire lives around religion. But require female followers to obey their husbands and to dress mostly.”

  • Bernardo

    And vitiating the old and the new Muslim book of terror with some old words of wisdom:

    “The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
    One, man intelligent without religion,

    The second, religious without intellect. ”

    , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

    Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth.”

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ and http://www.humanistictexts.org/al_ma'arri.htm

  • Bernardo

    And the mythical communication with mythical Gabriel. This tinker bell caused way to much grief for the human race!!