Four of the world’s foremost experts on the Turin Shroud will come together at the UK’s largest Muslim convention to counter recent claims the famous piece of linen cloth is fake.

The research claiming the Shroud is a fake was published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Barrie Schwortz, Bruno Barberis, Emanuela Marinelli, and Professor Jorge Manuel Rodrigues have spent much of their lives analysing the shroud in detail and believe recent reports labelling the cloth a forgery fail to take into account powerful academic evidence suggesting otherwise.

Interestingly, the experts will be making their comments and sharing their own findings at this year’s Jalsa Salana, a Muslim festival in which more than 35,000 Ahmadi Muslims from around the world gather to rejuvenate their faith. The experts will hold a joint press conference at the event to make a statement on the new claim.

Emanuela Marinelli said regarding the recent study:

“It’s absolutely not comparable to the scientific investigations done by those who have truly studied the Shroud. These two men, the authors of this study, have never seen the Shroud up-close and surely not from afar. Additionally, those who deny that the Shroud is real tend to trivialize the topic.”

A life-size replica of the Turin Shroud, one of a few in the world, will be a key part of the experts’ panel discussion on the artefact.

The Jalsa Salana will take place in Hampshire on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of August and a press conference with the Shroud experts will take place on Friday 3rd August at 12 pm.


The experts will be available for media interviews throughout the Jalsa Salana and will hold a press conference on Friday 3rd August at 12 pm.

2018 Marks 40th anniversary Since the First Ever Scientific Examination of The Shroud by the Turin Shroud Research Project (STURP).

About the Shroud experts at the Jalsa Salana:

BRUNO BARBERIS (Turin, Italy) was the Former President of the Scientific Committee of the International Centre of Sindonology of Turin and Vice President of the Confraternity of the Holy Shroud of Turin.

BARRIE SCHWORTZ (USA) was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978.

EMANUELA MARINELLI (Rome Italy) has been interested in the Shroud since 1977 and was a member of Centro Romano di Sindonologia from 1977 to 1985.

JORGE MANUEL RODRIGUES ALMENAR (Valencia, Spain) is the President of the Spanish Centre for Sindonology.

Venue Information

  • Venue: Hadeeqatul Mahdi (Oakland Farm), Green Street, East Worldham, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3AU
  • By car: Free parking on site (One-hour drive from London).
  • Public transport: A free shuttle service will be operating from Alton Train Station (1 hour 7 minutes direct from Waterloo via Clapham Junction).
  • Dates: Friday 3rd August – Sunday 5th August

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