The Mediterranean Sea beyond the paradigm. An Arabic survey of the vocabulary of the European representation of the Mediterranean area

This article aims to re-think the Mediterranean space, beyond the ideological divisions and buildings imposed by a European Weltanschauung.To realize this change of perspective, I will analyze the main works of Mohammed Arkoun (d. 2010), one of the most influential contemporary Arab scholars. The research will aim to define the existence of a Mediterranean profile in Arkoun’s most significant reflections, considering major themes which run through this topic (historically and philosophically analyzed). Consequently, it will be possible to reconstruct Mediterranean area inside the history of an ancient convergence between Islam and Europe and the possibility to create a new meeting point, starting from the common geo-historical and geo-cultural horizon.