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The world’s oldest Quran in history got compiled in Madina by Othman, the third caliph of the Muslim world, and thus got named as the Othman Koran. Before him, the sacred verses that Allah Almighty revealed on Prophet (PBUH) were either memorized or written on pieces of wood or camel bone.

Othman Quran

So in-order to prevent dispues about which versed should be considered divinely inspired, Othman compiled a completely definitive version. This book of Quran got completed in 651 AD only 19 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This priceless Quran is kept in a special glass fronted vault built in a wall of a tiny inner room.

About one third of the original script stills survives today. It has around 250 pages with huge volume written in bold Arabic. It is to be believed that Caliph Othman made five copies of the original Quran. And a partial Quran in the Topkapi Place in Istanbul is considered to be a one of these copies.


The world’s oldest Quran, Islam’s most sacred relics lies in one doubtful corner of Tashkent the Uzbek Capital. This is a reminder in history of the role the Muslims of Central Asia played in preserving this book, a fact which is overlooked after seven decades of Soviets incredulity.

Othman Quran
The place where this Quran now kept is a library located in the am old area of Tashkent known as Hast-Imam. This place lies down in a series of dusty lanes near the grave of the 10th century scholar, Kaffel-Shashi. There are approximately 20,000 books and 3000 manuscripts in this library as said by a young mufti scholar Ikram Akhmedov.

The books and manuscripts present in the library are mostly on mediaeval history, astronomy and medicine. While apart from this there are also commentaries on the Quran and books of law. But the oldest book of Quran present here is the Othman Koran from the seventh century.