Greetings. There are some local interfaith dialogues going on over the next few months (send me an email if you'd like to attend). I've talked to some of the Muslims there, and, not surprisingly, they all believe that the Qur'an has been perfectly preserved (because that's what their leaders tell them to believe). Of course, the Muslim sources prove conclusively that this belief is sheer nonsense. Entire chapters of the Qur'an were lost, not to mention large sections of chapters, individual verses, phrases, words, etc.
Since Muslim leaders refuse to tell Muslim students the truth, that task now falls to us. I think we need to make an extra effort this year to ensure that the next generation of Muslims doesn't share the delusions of the previous generation. So here's what I propose. I'm going to put together a tract on the preservation of the Qur'an (we did this a few years ago, but I've got more info to include now). Then I'm going to print 5,000 or 10,000 copies. I only need a few hundred for the interfaith dialogues, but it's much cheaper to print in bulk, and I know plenty of people who can distribute the rest. I will add the PDF file of the tract to the "Quran" tab above, so that anyone can print copies and distribute them in their area. If I can work it out with a Christian ministry that has some storage space, I'd also like to set it up so that people who would like high quality glossy printing can order bundles of the tract and just pay for shipping.
In short, let's all work together to dispel a myth this year. Students deserve to hear the truth, and they're just not hearing it now. Both Muslims and non-Muslims need this information. (I'd personally love to see non-Muslim students carrying copies of the tract in their backpacks or wallets, ready to refute the claim of perfect preservation whenever it is made.)
Assuming the same deal from last year is still in effect, I can get 5,000 copies printed for $295, or 10,000 for $495. The tracts are pretty heavy, so I'm guessing around $50 for shipping. I'm the poorest apologist you've ever known, so I'll need some help covering the costs. Anyone who wants to chip in can do so here:
If we get more than we need, I'll probably use what's left over to purchase some bulk copies of Keith Small's excellent short book "Holy Books Have a History" (which discusses both the Bible and the Qur'an) for distribution at the dialogues.
On a related note, after Sam and I finish the book we're working on, I might start putting together tracts on all of the major issues for Christian-Muslim dialogue. That way, when Muslims bring up a topic, non-Muslims can simply print out the relevant tract, and they've got all the arguments and evidence they'll need.