Behar, Cem. Ali Ufki ve Mezmurlar. ISBN 975-7652-06-7. Istanbul: Pan Yayincilik, Ekim 1990.
In Turkish. Contains discussion, lyrics, 6 pages of transcription, 9 pages of facsimile, and an extensive bibliography, mostly of Turkish-language works.

Elcin, Surku, Prof. Dr. Ali Ufki Mecumua-i Saz u Soz. Istanbul: Mili Egitim Basimevi, 1976.
This paperback book is a complete facsimile of Ali Ufki's 1650 manuscript. I (Gregory) am in the process of scanning it.

Elmes, Chris. Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X el Sabio: A Performing Edition. Gaita medieval music.
Volume 1: Prologo to Cantiga 100
Volume 2: CSM 101 to CSM 200
For details, see

Sawa, George. Music performance practice in the early Abbˆasid era 132-320 AH/750-932 AD. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2004.
This is a detailed and well-documented work on music in a period that roughly parallels the European Middle Ages. Contains copious information not only on then-extant maquams (scales), but also on who did music, and where it could be heard. The book can be ordered direct from for US$40+$10 shipping.

Shiloah, Amnon. Music in the World of Islam. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995.
A wonderful introductory text on music in Islam-influenced lands, much of the work is focused on period resources and information. Contains tantalizing tidbits on dance, as well. This book is commonly available.

Touma, Habib Hassan. The Music of the Arabs. Amadeus Press: Portland and Cambridge. 1996. Book + CD.
A survey of music from the early days until now. The CD is all contemporary music. This book is commonly available.

Wright, O. Abd Al-Qadir Al-Maraghi and `Ali B. Muhammad Bina'i: Two Fifteenth-Century Examples of Notation.
Part I: Text. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 57, No. 3 (1994), pp. 475-515. (Available via JSTOR.)
Part II: Commentary. Vol. 58, No. 1 (1995), pp. 17-39. (Available via JSTOR.)
Wright scoured the numerous Arabic theoretical treatises on music to decode the small amount of melody contained in them. The notation is pretty obscure, and there isn't much of it, but these papers probably summarize everything that there is to find (today) on the topic. And he gives an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources related to these theoretical treatises.

Wulstan, David. Bring on the Dancing-Girls! Al-Masaq, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 221-249 (Sept 2005). Available online from
The point he's trying to prove is a bit far-fetched -- a relationship between some Arabic tunes, the Cantigas de Santa Maria, and the Renaissance dance called the Canary -- but this paper is an excellent source of pointers to interesting publications.