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    Al Mashriq - the Levant - Lebanon and the Middle East - Extensive information about the culture of Lebanon and the Middle East, including a section on Arabic music.

    Middle Eastern Music: Translated Song Lyrics - English translations of the lyrics of 40 popular Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Hebrew songs. Some are accompanied by RealAudio clips.

    The Arabic Music Page - This was formerly known as the FAQ (frequently asked questions) for the newsgroup. Good introductory information to Arabic music.

    Arabic Music Information Source - Numerous reviews, RealAudio samples, and news stories on Arabic music, particularly popular artists and Khaliji stars.

    Turkish Music and Lyrics - Contains links to Turkish music universities, musicians, instruments, lyrics, chord charts, stores, and song sample sites.

    The Egyptian Castle - A site focused on Egyptian culture. The music area offers MIDI and RealAudio files, information about leading artists, etc. The site also contains business, travel, live radio, live tv, shopping, and history.

    Abraj Waves Networks - Arabic, Kuwaiti and Khaleeji music site, with WAVs, pictures, and postcards.

    Miq Productions Rebetika - Information on this genre of Greek music which prospered in the 1920's and 1930's. Includes discography, charts of rhythms and modes, and links. - Features Arabic MP3s and streaming radio, song lyrics translated into English, and artist pages for Amr Diab, Abd al-Halim Hafiz, and Kazemel Saher.

    Arab Radio - Non-profit internet radio with stations of pop, classical, khaliji, and maghreb music, in addition to quranic recitation.

    Acoustic Instruments - Descriptions, photos and players of many folkloric instruments, among which is the oud. There's a list of famous performers for each instrument, and some pictures.

    Al 'Ud - The early history of the oud, leading up to the development of the European lute.

    Oud Web - Links to oud players, makers, information sites, and vendors.

    Arabic Instruments and Percussion - Information about the oud, tar, doumbek, kanun, rababa, violin, and zils.

    Islamic World of Chants, Folk, and Love Songs - Information and audio download center for Islamic chants, folk, and love songs. Includes specialty chants from Zaghareed, Azerbaijan, and Uighur traditions. All samples are in the Windows Media streaming format.

    The Oud - Extensive introduction to playing the makams (maqams) on the oud, by David Parfitt. Contains musical notation of many popular makams, both in Arabic and Turkish systems.

    Ouds (by David Brown) - Article on the Middle-Eastern oud: its history, tuning methods, and playing techniques.

    Quick Intro to the Oud - This article, by D. Glenn Arthur Jr., is geared for guitarists. Includes some oud pictures.

    Raï Music of Algeria - Explores the meaning of Rai and its significance to Algerian culture. Contains links and a few sound samples.

    Progressive Music of North Africa - Contains sound clips and biographies of pioneer and contemporary performers from the region.

    Encyclopaedia of the Orient: Raï - Introduction to Algerian raï music, with links and a few RealAudio song clips.

    Bisher Rihani - Featuring links to songs and music resources, sites on Arabic culture and entertainment, live TV, radio and newspapers. With MP3s, RealAudio and MIDIs.

    Rai Music - A brief history and introduction to Rai music.

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