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Fragments of scripts, written on animal hides and hidden inside of a Quran, were tested to determine their age, and the results indicated a strong likelihood that they predated the Prophet Muhammad — which could mean all of Muhammad’s words were little more than political propaganda.
The manuscripts were part of the Suras — chapters 18-20 of the Quran — found in a manuscript at the University of Birmingham in July and carbon dated by experts at the University of Oxford.
Those tests determined that the Suras were written sometime between 568 and 645. Dates given for the Prophet Muhammad are usually between 570 and 632.
Tom Holland, a historian, said the find “destabilizes, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Quran emerged — and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions.”
Keith Small of the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library said that the manuscripts could devastate the religion.
“Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven,” he suggested.
As expected, even though scientists used highly specialized equipment to carbon date the document, Muslim scholars around the world have disputed the claim and have designed their own convenient stories which attempt to counter the scientist’s test results.
Apparently, instead of accepting the fact that they might possibly be inaccurate about the origins of their most sacred words, they’d rather choose to live blissfully ignorant and continue on as if nothing happened