[Koha] Searching in Arabic

David Cook dcook at prosentient.com.au
Wed Nov 11 11:38:23 NZDT 2015

Hi Jesse:

Can you elaborate on what you  mean when you say that you're not getting any Arabic results for *title*, *author* or *series*? I look after a library with English, French, and Arabic records, and I'm seeing search results when I do title searches in Arabic. 

Are the records catalogued in Arabic or is the only Arabic text in the 880?

I'm quite experienced with Zebra and somewhat experienced with Arabic in Koha, so hopefully I'll be able to give you a hand. 

Do you have a public URL that I could look at? I might be able to do some troubleshooting just from the OPAC alone. 

The cataloguing framework doesn't really have much to do with the indexing... although the structure of the record itself would. That is, if the only Arabic is in  the 880 field, you would likely need a more complex indexing configuration to achieve your goal.

What version of Koha are you using? Your link to the manual is 3.2... are you on 3.2 or a newer version? Additionally, how did you install Koha? Was it via the Debian packages, the tarball, or Git?


David Cook
Systems Librarian
Prosentient Systems
72/330 Wattle St, Ultimo, NSW 2007

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> Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:41:48 -0500
> From: Jesse Lambertson <jlambertson at sqcc.org>
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> Good morning everyone (if it is morning when you are...)
> A while back, we figured out how to search and retrieve results in Arabic
> (much of our collection is in this language).
> I thank everyone who helped us get this done.
> But we have been searching "keyword" in Arabic for so long, we just realized
> that we are NOT getting any Arabic results for *title*, *author* or *series* in
> Arabic. ICU is turned-on of course.
> The default MARC21 fields in Zebra's indexing list are found here:
> http://manual.koha-community.org/3.2/en/kohasearchindexes.html
> Are there any other steps we need to follow besides those listed here
> http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/How_to_add_new_zebra_index to
> add 880 to the indexing list?
> Or maybe there is a step listed somewhere in the wiki that we missed?
> Does that mean modifying the framework or is the cataloguing framework
> itself unaffected during this index-list addition?
> Thank you in advance for your assistance.
> Regards,
> Jesse
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> Jesse A Lambertson
> Librarian
> Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center <http://www.sqcc.org/>
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