Kurdish Sorani is similar to Arabic and Persian Languages. any Tips how to run from Latex. please don't advise LaTeX babel as there is only Kurdish (Latin).

  • If the language is not supported there is not much you can do. What is the definitive differences if compared to Kurdish ?
    – percusse
    May 12, 2015 at 0:05
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    The bidi package supports RTL typesetting more or less independent of language. It is used for Persian and Arabic and I assume will also be usable for Kurdish Sorani. Additionally, the xepersian package provides extensive support for Persian, and I suspect could be used for Kurdish Sorani too. These packages require compilation with XeLaTeX not pdfLaTeX.
    – Alan Munn
    May 12, 2015 at 3:57
  • for a xetex solution, see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/239609/… May 12, 2015 at 11:51

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If switching to xetex or luatex is an option, babel currently does support sorani. Example with luatex:


\usepackage[bidi=basic, provide=*, sorani]{babel}


کوردیی ناوەندی یان سۆرانی یەکێک لە زارە سەرەکییەکانی زمانی کوردییە
کە لە ڕۆژھەڵات و باشووری کوردستان قسەی پێ دەکرێت.


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With pdftex you can resort, as suggested by @SirCornflakes, to arabtex.


Look at the arabtex package: it contains the necessary fonts and input conventions for Kurdish. arabtex works with standard LaTeX2e, no extended TeX engine is needed.

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