2018 Competitions Rulebook

The Official MIST Competitions Rulebook for 2018 is here!

If you’ve participated in MIST previously, you will notice the following important changes:

  • Knowledge Test is now open-book. Competitors must achieve a score of at least 65% to rank/win a medal. Questions will now have an analytical/thinking focus.
  • Quran Recitation Level 4 assigned surahs have changed.
  • Math Olympics will now include questions on logic and statistics. The scoring procedure has changed as well.
  • Debate will now include a third place match.
  • The Short Film ballot has been revamped.
  • The Social Media ballot has been revamped.
  • Minor changes to other rules and ballots.


This year's Knowledge Test books are:

  1. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer 
  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  3. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
  4. Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims by Dawud Wahlid and Ahmad Mubarak

This year's MIST Bowl topics are:

  1. Topic I: Cities of Light 
  2. Topic II: The State of Surveillance
  3. Topic III: Social Influence
  4. Topic IV: The Ottoman Empire Part I (1299-1700) 
  5. Topic V: Contemporary Conflicts Part II 
  6. Topic VI: Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2018)

Other competitions requiring topics:

Original Oratory/Prepared Essay


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