On Rationalities of Terrorism from an Eastern Perspective


  • Bimal Dahal Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand


This paper will investigate to what extent dominant conceptions of rationality can contribute to the understanding of extreme violent human behavior like terrorism. Second, it will explore rationalities outside of the Western tradition. Finally the paper explores the application of these ideas to understanding terrorism in the context of Nepal. It will demonstrates that rationalities are culturally relativistic. As the cultures are often in a process of development, so are the rationalities. From this point of view, understanding terrorist rationalities demands a contextual analysis of the complex cultural components and their constant change and development.

Author Biography

Bimal Dahal, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bimal Dahal finished his doctoral work at the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.He can be reached at: bimaldahal@brandeis.edu