This module acquaints students with the diversity of understandings of the Qur’an al-Sharif which have developed in Muslim traditions over different historical periods and across various cultural contexts. It presents a historical and contextual study of significant concepts related to the Qur’an, including prophethood, revelation and authority as interpreted in Shia Islam and other Muslim traditions. Students are led to reflect on the multitude of interpretations of the Qur’an that have come to be expressed by Muslim traditions and scholars over the centuries. They learn of the variety of ways in which the Qur’an has been applied in Muslim contexts, from theological and juridical readings to literary and aesthetic renderings. The ethical and spiritual aspects of the Qur’an are highlighted in terms of their relevance for the contemporary context.