QUR101 Introduction to Quran & Its Sciences


Course Description:

This course discusses the definition of the Quran and the different branches of its sciences.  Topics include the context of revelation, the method of collection and compilation, the miracles of the Quran, the distinction between the clear and the allegorical verses, guidelines for the proper interpretation of the Quran, different recitation styles, the Makkee and Madanee verses, the concept of abrogation, and other sciences pertaining to the Holy Quran.

Course Code: QUR101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will verbally state the definition of the Quran and its Sciences, it’s importance and different methods of revelation (Wahy).
  • Students will be able to list the differences between Makkee and Madanee verses, how they were labeled and the significance of that labeling.
  • Students will be able to write an essay highlighting how the Quran was compiled, the different recitations (Qira’aat), some of the reasons of revelations, the Clear and Unclear verses, and explain abrogation in the Quran with examples.
  • Students will be able to verbally summarize the evolution of Tafseer, and its various schools.
  • Students will present a video or oral presentation, critically examining and refuting the objections raised by some outsiders in regard to the authority and authenticity of the Quran, using historical, scientific and miraculous proofs of the Quran.

Course Outline:

  • Definition of the Quran and its Sciences.
  • Revelation (Wah’y) and its different methods.
  • Makkee and Madanee Quran.
  • Causes of Revelation.
  • Compilation of the Quran.
  • Different Recitations’ styles (Qira’aat).
  • Clear and Unclear verses.
  • Abrogation in the Quran.
  • Miraculous nature of the Quran.
  • Interpretation of the Quran (Tafseer).
  • Ruling on Translating the Quran.
  • Quran and Orientalists.

Main Textbook

Ulum Al-Quran By Ahmad von Denffer

Introduction to the Sciences of the Quran by Sh.Yasir Qadhi

Additional on-line Readings:

The links below are provided as a convenience for the students; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Al-Huda University of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.  Al-Huda University has no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

a) Scientific Miracles of the Quran

b) Video Library

d) Other books

e) Quran Sciences (for those who have some Arabic background)

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion)
  • 1 inch margins
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman)
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

Please Watch:

How To Write A Research Paper


Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

Log in Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

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Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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