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Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2008

Daniel Ungureanu
Pages 107-119
DOI: 10.5840/cultura20085119

De paidéuma à la shari`a

“From Paideuma to Shari’a”. Paideuma, concept developed by Leo Frobenius at the beginning of the XXth century, seems to regain its proper actuality when we try to understand the Islamic civilization. Among the roots which define a paideuma, in the particular case of Islam we identified the shari’a as being the most significant one. Shari`a also brings with it a new dimension: the continuous extension of the paideuma, which overpasses frontiers and national identities. The famous sartrian expression “hell is the other” may occur only if we don`t know the Other enough.