THE CONCEPT OF EUROPE AS A CULTURAL IDENTITY

  • Fatmir Shehu
  • Bukuri Zejno
Keywords: Europe, Cultural Identity, Hellenism, Roman tradition, Christianity, scientific tradition

Abstract

The long discussion on the making of Europe’s identity, from a political, economic, cultural or religious aspect, has paved the way for the unity of European nations as well as created many
misconceptions in the mind-set of both the élite and the masses, the developed and undeveloped nations. The worry about the absorption
of core principles of one’s culture within European community and
the superiority of a high or an élite culture towards popular culture
or low culture has created numerous obstacles for the construction of
Europe’s cultural identity. The thrust of this paper is to study the
concept of Europe as a cultural identity, which is very essential for
the unity of Europeans, as well as for its motivation for its members
to have a peaceful sense of self and co-existence. This contributes to
their overall wellbeing and brings them closer together regardless of
their differences. The formation of Europe’s cultural identity was
examined by looking first at the development of major concepts, like
“Europe,” “European culture,” “European language,” “cultural
identity,” and second the essential elements of Hellenic, Roman,
Christian, and scientific traditions. The descriptive and analytical
methodologies have been employed in this paper. The findings have given insights to the reality of the unity of European nations under
the banner of culture.

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Published
2017-07-15
How to Cite
Shehu, Fatmir, and Bukuri Zejno. 2017. “THE CONCEPT OF EUROPE AS A CULTURAL IDENTITY”. Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) 22 (1), 85-111. https://journals.iium.edu.my/shajarah/index.php/shaj/article/view/589.
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ARTICLES