This book was written by Jalaluddin `Abdul Rahman b. Abu Bakr al Kamal b. Muhammad, popularly known as Suyuti, of Egypt (d. 948H/1445 CE). He focused his attention on the studies of the Holy Qur'an and produced more than half a dozen books on this subject.
Al-Itqan fi `Ulum al Qur’an (The standard Works on Qur’anic Sciences) is the most important of these works. Al-Itqan elaborates upon all the aspects of reading, writing and understanding the Holy Qur'an. Detailed exposition of Huruf, Kalimat, Nuzul, Awqaf, Arbab, the places of Nuzul (Revelation) Kitabat, Ijaz, I`rab, Tajwid, Nasikh and Mansukh has been discussed in the book. It is a compendium of the disciplines derived from the Holy Qur'an and the principles that help understand the Qur’anic laws. Finally the science of Tafsir (commentary) and the grades of Mufassirin (commentators) have been elaborated. Thus Al-Itqan, not only covers all those studies which have been considered separately by other scholars but also excels all other works of the time.