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Arabic is read (and written) from right to left. In Photoshop or anywhere else, the word needs to look exactly as rendered. Abusing the language (or its history) is not the issue. The word just needs to be displayed right in order to make sense.
It would probably work better to copy and paste or import from one Adobe product to another, so here are two files that may be of use:
Many thanks Fuad. You assumption was exactly right. I have a supplementary question however, when I cut and paste the arabic into photoshop, it reverses the order of the characters, I assume to render it from right to left. Is this OK or even better than what you were able to produce below on this site? I am keen to ensure that I don't accidently abuse a language with a such long and illustrious history.
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Explanation: Pronounced KITAB, with a short "I" and a long A (although they refer to it as a "short A" in elementary schools in the US).
I assume you want the modern standard Arabic word.
Fuad Yahya Native speaker of: Arabic, English PRO pts in category: 36