This is a repost of my earlier message, since the Arabic characters in
the pasted SVG weren't encoded properly.
I believe this may be a bug, but I will leave that judgment to more
In rendering paragraphs of Arabic text, I have come across situations
where the text simply does not join together. In fact, it's possible
through editing to toggle the text back and forth between appropriately
joined and entirely unjoined. I haven't been able to identify the
conditions under which this occurs.
The attached SVG file is a minimal example. In Inkscape 0.48.2, Windows
Vista, the letters are all completely unjoined. But, if the final space
is removed from the text, the letters join properly.
On the other hand, some longer blocks of text do render properly.
I am at a loss. Any thoughts are appreciated, or if it looks like this
is a bug, that would be good to know as well.