The heart of Islamic knowledge lays in the Quran . Arabic, in the Islamic world, is a prestigious language with a prestigious role because the Quran was revealed to the prophet Mohammad orally in Arabic . Likewise, it is a scriptural language since it is the language that the Quran was delivered in. Moreover, Arabic is the vehicle of learning in Islamic civilizations. The role of Arabic in the Islamic civilization has had a monumental impact on various Islamic cultures.
The esoteric dimension of the Quran makes it very difficult to comprehend which eventually led to the formal study of Arabic grammar and lexicography . Elementary Quran schools, called maktab, were created where students learned the basics of the Quran and the education occurred in private homes or wherever the teacher was located . Similarly, schools, called madrasas, were established where students with basic knowledge about the Quran studied Arabic grammar and syntax, hadiths, Quran commentary, rhetoric, law and jurisprudence . Furthermore, a discipline called the science of recitations (ilm al-qiraat in Arabic) was developed from the desire to preserve the Quranic text. Moreover, as written versions of the Quran became available, Quranic exegesis began . Even though the Quran was delivered orally, it defends the importance of written documents.