March 22, 2017

Special Issues


Religious Suasion

April 2024 | Volume 30, Issue S1 | Guest Editors: Sam Victor & Danny Cardoza

Developing a conversation about religious forms of ‘suasion’ is important because it provides a vocabulary for comparing parallel practices of religious influence across different religious communities, allowing for more nuanced understandings of what might commonly – and negatively – be termed ‘proselytizing’.

Read the full issue here.


Religious suasion: introduction to the special issue
Danny Cardoza Sam Victor

Epiphenomenal suasion: Jehovah’s Witnesses and the politics of preaching against the state
Danny Cardoza

Self-suasion: agents of Jewish conversion in Israel in search of religious sincerity
Michal Kravel-Tovi

Silent suasions: interpersonal mediation in Thai meditation
Julia Cassaniti

Proselytizing is not evangelism: epistemic virtue and religious suasion at a post-fundamentalist church in Nashville
Sam Victor

The art of jieyuan: ethical affinity and the cultivation of Chinese Buddhist spirituality in Tanzania
Yu Qiu

Restoring that which has never been: Hmong millenarianism and the reinvention of tradition
Jacob R. Hickman

Afterword: Suasion, circulation, and an anthropology of influence
Courtney Handman

Competition Details

The JRAI runs a yearly competition for Special Issues. For details of the current competition, please click here

To submit proposals and articles for the Special Issues, please email Honor Gitsham, the RAI’s Publications Officer, at