London, Oct 31 (PTI) Birmingham Quran, one of the oldest Islamic manuscripts, will be presented in a digital format at an exhibition in the UAE for the first time.

In 2015, the manuscript, which is held by the University of Birmingham, was radiocarbon dated to between 568 and 645 AD. It is part of the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts, held by the university’s Cadbury Research Library.

The University of Birmingham is taking the interactive digital exhibition to tell the fascinating story of the ‘Birmingham Quran’ to the UAE for the first time, the university said in a statement.

The 11-day exhibition opens at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) tomorrow, before moving to Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi, from November 20 to 29 and Dubai in spring of 2018.

The visitors will be able to explore the manuscript in a digital form as well as viewing a detailed replica of the holy script.

Working closely with the British Council and the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development as the strategic partner, the university is bringing the exhibition to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the statement said.

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “The Birmingham Quran manuscript is of huge significance to Muslim heritage and the academic study of Islam”.

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