12 Apr 2013
Ali Ufki and the Psalms
The title of this book in Turkish is Ali Ufki ve Mezmurlar, or Ali Ufki and the Psalms. The author, Cem Behar, teaches in the Department of Economics at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Although his principal professional interests are in economics, and demographic and social history, scrolling down his curriculum vitae reveals an apparently unrelated series of publications on traditional Ottoman and Turkish music, of which this book is one. Such an avocation is nearly as incongruous as an academic political scientist taking an interest in the Genevan Psalms!
This book was published in 1990. Those of us with an ongoing interest in Ali Ufki's work, but who know no Turkish, would love to see it translated into English. Something to hope for in the future.