Quran and dating
The manuscripts are written with ink in Hijazi - an early form of Arabic. For many years, the manuscript had been misbound with leaves of a similar Quran manuscript, which is datable to the late seventh century.
Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Manuscripts at the British Library, said: "This is indeed an exciting discovery.
Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the dowry you have given them - except when they have become guilty of open lewdness.
On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity.
Following radiocarbon analysis by the University of Oxford, the manuscripts, written on parchments, have been dated to from between AD 568 and 645, with 95 percent accuracy.
The results place the papers close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632.
We know now that these two folios, in a beautiful and surprisingly legible Hijazi hand, almost certainly date from the time of the first three Caliphs." Content on this website is for general information purposes only.