Ajam

[maqam] ‘Ajam (Turkish: Acem) is the name of a maqam (musical mode) in Arabic, Turkish, and related systems of music. Ajam (عجم) in this usage means `Persian.` The maqam Ajam is constructed of two Ajam trichords with `whole step-whole step` pitch intervals and spacing similar to the 1-2-3 (or 5-6-7) scale degrees found in an equal-temp...
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Ajam

Ajam is a word used in Persian and Arabic literature, but with different meanings. In Arabic, Ajam (عجم) has two meanings: `non-Arab`, and `Persian`. Literally it has the meaning `one who is illiterate in language`, `silent`, or `mute`, and refers to non-Arabs in general. In the former sense it is a neutral term meaning `stranger` o...
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