Actually, I want to add some sentences in Arabic script inside my PhD thesis. Will it be possible just by adding some \usepackage statement in the preamble or need more than this? This is a bit tricky requirement in the sense that English script is written from left to right but the Persian/Arabic text is written other way around! I don't know how LaTeX deals with such requirements. Any idea?


You can try the ArabTeX package:


It uses a transliteration system so that you can write Arabic or Farsi using latin letters (hence you won't have directional problems and you can use any text editor).

  • Thank you for the response. I tried this but it changes the whole document into Arabic text. How to avoid this from happening? How to make sure that only desired sentences appear in Arabic text? – Shah Mar 12 '12 at 12:54
  • Use \begin{RLtext}salAm\end{RLtext} to get a whole paragraph, or This is a greeting: \<salAm> in running text. – LianTze Lim Mar 12 '12 at 13:15
  • It worked! Thank you very much for your help. – Shah Mar 12 '12 at 13:45
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    The Persian that ArabTeX provides is useless! – Vafa Khalighi Jun 21 '12 at 3:01

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