The tradition of 'Quran memorization' in Islamic cultural history and its current forms of practice

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Ankara University, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2011

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Mehmet Akif Koç


This thesis is a research which covers giving information about the course of Quran memorization and presenting an analysis of how Muslims continue the same tradition today and, while identifying main problems within the process, suggesting a solution.The study consists of three main parts. In the first part, information about the historical process of memorization is given and the issue of how the tradition of Quran memorization has reached the present day is touched upon. The second part was prepared through visiting various countries and personally conducting on-site investigations of the Quran memorization situation in our age. In this part, memorization in the countries involved was investigated dealing with various aspects; in terms of methods and places where they are applied; in terms of program and its status in the country; in terms of the quality and quantity of teachers and students; etc.In the third and last part, an alternative method, which suggests solutions to existing problems in order to achieve better quality results in Quran memorization training and take right steps towards professionalism in this regard, is presented.Keywords: Memorization, Quran, Tradition, Method