# changing page numbering style from Arabic to roman doesn't work

I want to use Roman numbers and Arabic numbers in my thesis. the main language of the document is Arabic and I use command \pagenumbering to change page number's style. I tried most of the solutions that add command \clearpage or \cleardoublepage but it doesn't work, however redefining plain page style as in command \pagenumbering can't change numbers style i changes from Arabic to roman numbers but it affects toc in bad way and here the details of toc Table of contents** : how to change redefine commands \@tocrmarg and \@pnumwidth for different levels (chapter ,sec,..).

The main language of the document is Arabic. how can I change page's numbers from Arabic to roman without redefine 'plain' page style . this is MWC :

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[LAE, T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[arabic, english]{babel}

\renewcommand{\I}[1]        {\if@farsi\FarsiEncoding\else\ArabicEncoding\fi\textLR{#1}}%
\renewcommand{\EI}[1]{\textLR{\FarsiEncoding  \textLR{#1}}}%
\renewcommand \thechapter {\textLR{\arabic{chapter}}}

\TOCLanguage{arabic} % arabic is the main language
\newcommand\lr[1]{\textLR{#1}}
\newcommand\rl[1]{\textRL{#1}}

\begin{document}
\selectlanguage{arabic}
\pagenumbering{roman}
\chapter*{الملخص}
الملخص العربي
\chapter*{\lr{Abstract}}
\textLR{ English abstract\ldots}
\chapter*{كلمة الشكر}
نص باللغة العربية
\tableofcontents
\listoffigures
\listoftables
\cleardoublepage

\pagenumbering{arabic}
\chapter{تجريب}
نص باللغة العربية\\

\end{document}


Rather than using an old method of writing Arabic with a lot of problems to insert packages you can use xelatex.

Here your example using polyglossia ( which calls internally the package bidi for adaptation of many com­monly-used pack­ages to right to left writing )

% compile with xelatex
\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setdefaultlanguage[numerals=maghrib]{arabic}
\setotherlanguage{english}
\newfontfamily\arabicfont[Script=Arabic]{Amiri}

\begin{document}

\pagenumbering{Roman}

\chapter*{الملخص}

الملخص العربي

\chapter*{Abstract}

\LR{ English abstract\ldots}

\chapter*{كلمة الشكر}

نص باللغة العربية

\tableofcontents
\listoffigures
\listoftables
\cleardoublepage

\pagenumbering{arabic}

\chapter{تجريب}

نص باللغة العربية\\

\end{document}