Where is Arabic italic coming from? We have cursive calligraphic styles in Latin but such styles don't exist in Arabic.
Found this on Wikipedia:
In the 1950s, Gholamhossein Mosahab invented the Iranic font style, a back-slanted italic form to go with the right-to-left direction of the script.
But I'm still not convinced if we design Arabic italic just for the sake of having italic style in Arabic or we really need that?!