QAD17 – Recitation of the Qur’an


  • Letters of the Arabic Alphabet and their Point of Articulation
  • The Short Vowels
  • The Long Vowels
  • The Sukūn
  • The Shaddah
  • The Tanwīn
  • The Silent Letters
  • The Meeting of Two Sākin Letters
  • Pauses
  • Qualities of Letters
  • Rules for the Letter Lām
  • Rules for the Letter
  • Rules for Nūn Sākin and Tanwīn
  • Rules for Mīm Sākin
  • Rule of the Pronoun
  • Rules for Madd
  • The Connected Hamza
  • Stopping on Words

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Identify letters that are pronounced from the same point of articulation or have the same quality (A2)
  • Order and give examples of letters and words that illustrates a sound understanding of the rules of Tajwīd and Qirā’ah (A3, B2)

This module will call for successful students to:

  • Apply rules to pronounce Arabic letters from their correct point of articulation (C3, D2, D4)
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly and fluently recitate of the Qur’an (C1, C3, D2)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Lectures provide instruction on the theoretical aspects of the module. The rules and principles of recitation are then applied in practice by means of individual and group recitations in class. Correct implementation of the rules of Tajwīd are demonstrated by the teacher, and recordings of a variety of famous reciters of the Qur’an are played in class for students to listen to and imitate. Learners are expected to practice their recitation skills and improve their fluency as part of their homework.

Assessment Modes
Students are set weekly formative assignments on Arabic, and receive feedback as they are handed in throughout the year. Practice oral presentations will be used to address student understanding of issues of importance, providing constructive formative feedback to students.  Further development in student-led discussion groups allows for module leader observation and feedback.  Additionally, revision sessions are arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, continuously strengthening and developing students’ competence in the Arabic language.  Moreover, tutorial time enables the module leader to supported continuously while providing the opportunity for constant engagement with the language, and constructive feedback related to the development of language skills.
Summative, graded assessment is by oral and written examination. The oral examination will last for approximately 15 minutes and will require students to demonstrate correct recitation of selected verses and short chapters of the Qur’an (Outcomes 3, 4). The 2 hour written examination will take place at the end of the semester (Outcomes 1, 2).

Assessment Weighting
Oral examination: 50%
Written examination: 50%

Learning Materials

Core Reading
Makki, S. M (2015), Recitation of the Holy Quran, London: Dar al Quran Al Kareem