I’ve been doing some research on Tékumel languages and will soon post something on that topic. In the meantime, let me quickly note that I received a message clarifying something that had confused me in a previous post.
I had previously wondered why Professor Barker had written “786” in Urdu above his name in his copy of Dungeons & Dragons. Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Editor of the Islam and Science Fiction Project, wrote to tell me that “786” in Urdu, as in Arabic, signifies “In the name of God the most Merciful, the most Beneficent.”
A fuller explanation is here.
Barker had converted to Islam as a young man after hearing a recitation of the 99 names of God. It makes sense that he’d make this religious gesture.
Thanks to Muhammad for pointing this out.