Arabic Maqam Index


This section lists all maqams discussed in this website. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all Arabic maqams since many North African and Iraqi maqams are not included, instead this website covers the most commonly used Middle Eastern maqams. In practice, it's difficult to find a definitive list of Arabic maqams that all textbooks agree on, or a definitive reference on which maqams are strictly Arabic and which are Turkish or Persian.

The first listing is by alphabetical order:

Ajam
Athar Kurd
Bastanikar
Bayati
Bayati Shuri
Farahfaza
Hijaz
Hijaz Kar
Hijaz Kar Kurd
Husseini
Huzam
Iraq
Jiharkah
Kurd
Mahur
Mustaar
Nahawand
Nahawand Murassah
Nairuz
Nawa Athar
Nikriz
Rahat El Arwah
Rast
Saba
Saba Zamzam
Shadd Araban
Shahnaz
Shawq Afza
Sikah
Sikah Baladi
Suzidil
Suznak
Ushaq Masri
Yakah
Zanjaran

A more useful way to group maqams is by their first lower jins. Here are the 9 maqam groups:

Ajam
Ajam, Jiharkah, Shawq Afza
Sikah
Bastanikar, Huzam, Iraq, Mustaar, Rahat El Arwah, Sikah, Sikah Baladi
Bayati
Bayati, Bayati Shuri, Husseini
Nahawand
Farahfaza, Nahawand, Nahawand Murassah, Ushaq Masri
Rast
Mahur, Nairuz, Rast, Suznak, Yakah
Hijaz
Hijaz, Hijaz Kar, Shadd Araban, Shahnaz, Suzidil, Zanjaran
Saba
Saba, Saba Zamzam
Kurd
Kurd, Hijaz Kar Kurd
Nawa Athar
Athar Kurd, Nawa Athar, Nikriz

Another maqam classification is by their starting note:

C (Do)

Rast, Suznak, Nairuz, Mahur, Hijaz Kar, Nahawand, Nahawand Murassah, Nawa Athar, Nikriz, Hijaz Kar Kurd, Athar Kurd

D (Re)

Bayati, Bayati Shuri, Husseini, Hijaz, Zanjaran, Ushaq Masri, Shahnaz, Saba, Saba Zamzam, Kurd

E (Mi)

Sikah, Huzam, Mustaar

F (Fa)
Jiharkah
G (Sol)

Farahfaza, Shadd Araban, Sikah Baladi, Yakah

A (La)
Suzidil
B (Si )
Ajam, Shawq Afza
B (Si)
Rahat El Arwah, Iraq, Bastanikar

 


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