Arabic maqam is the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music, which is mainly melodic. The word maqam in Arabic means place, location or Background · Tuning system · Notation · Intonation.
David Muallem's Maqam Book is the first systematic presentation of the system of scales and modes (maqamat) used in Arab music, and is intended for.
This article is going to be a concise introduction to Arabic maqam theory. My hope is that this will break down the basics for you to understand.