Added Section of Entertaining Source Books
Not dry references, but interesting reads
You can find translations of primary sources on the WWW, although sometimes you have to dig a bit.
What I like to do is find secondaries that annotate primaries, then I look up the primaries to see what actually was said. The books I list are ones that I used to make my writing include actual cultural elements.
This one by Okasha el-Daly is probably the most enlightening.