Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan


The Ghassanid titles are “Malik”, the Arabic equivalent of “King”, “Amir” the Arabic equivalent of “Prince” and “Sheikh”. In the specific case of the El Chemor family - the lawful heir of the Ghassanid Royal titles - the title "Sheikh" it’s related to a sovereign ruler (Al-Akoura and Zghartha-Zawyie from the 13th until the 18th century) hence, it’s also the equivalent of “Prince”. See the examples of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, etc. where all the princes belonging to the ruling family are “sheikhs”. Understand the title "Sheikh" in Lebanon HERE

“Besides the sovereigns referred to above, there are several oriental potentates who should be mentioned, the rulers of the Sultanates and Sheikdoms of East Africa and the Persian Gulf (…) The style of these sheikhs is His Highness.”  From the book “Titles: How the king became His Majesty”, L.G. Pine, New York,  1992 (Barnes & Noble) p. 137-138

There are other kind of lesser “sheikhs” even in Lebanon. Those were either elevated by ruling princes or were mere tax collectors of the Ottoman empire. The aforementioned don’t apply to the El Chemor princes since it’s documented that they were ruling independently since 1211, almost 80 years before the Ottoman empire was even founded and over 300 years before the first emirate was created with prince Fakhr al-Din I (1516–1544) . 

The titles of the El Chemor family were recognized by the Ottoman empire until its end (1924 CE) and also by the Lebanese republic until the present date. The family's history was kept and validated for centuries by the Maronite Church under the Holy See (Vatican) and the authority of the Pope.
CLICK HERE  for an official 2014's article (in Arabic) from the Lebanese Government New's Agency (Lebanese Republic - Ministry of Information) recognizing the titles and validating the book written in 1948 about the family's history.

Download HERE the full version of the book & Historical Scientific Research (in Arabic) "Sheikh El Chemor Rulers of Al-Aqoura (1211-1633) and Rulers of Al-Zawiye (1641-1747)" Beirut, Lebanon, 1947 by Maronite Father Ignatios Tannos El-Khoury in a .PDF file

HERE download the English Legal Translation of the 1948's Historical Scientific Research
HERE download the English Legal Translation of the 2014's official article from the Lebanese Ministry of Information 

HERE download the English Legal Translation of the 2017's sworn affidavit from a top Maronite scholar validating the Scientific Research  
HERE download the German Legal Translation of the 2017's sworn affidavit from a top Maronite scholar validating the Scientific Research 

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1950's newspaper excerpt with an official statement by the Sheikh El Chemor of Zawyie about parliamentary election. The family never ceased to use their titles. 

Royal Family

Synthetic Genealogy
(paternal line)
(First King of Ghassan 220 CE)
Al-Harith I
Jablah I
Al-Harith II
Al-Ayham I
Al-Harith III
Al-Numan V
Hagar I


​Al-Harith IV​
Jablah IV Abu Chemor
(Ghassanid king 518-528 CE and originator of the Chemor name)
Al-Harith V
Al-Ayham II
Chemor Jablah VI
(last incumbent Ghassanid king of the 1st state 638 CE)
El-Chemor Family
(Rulers of Akoura 1211-1633 CE
Rulers of Zgharta-Zawyie 1641-1747 CE)
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Youssef El Chemor
(last incumbent Ghassanid sovereign prince Zgharta-Zawyie 1747 CE)
Dargham El Chemor
Gharios Habbaki El Chemor
Antoun Gharios (El Chemor)
Fares bin Antoun Gharios (El Chemor)

Fares Mansour Gharios (El Chemor)

Maurice Mansour Gharios (El Chemor)

Carlos Roberto Gharios (El Chemor)

(1947 - )
Al-Numan VIII Gharios El-Chemor

(nee. Ahnume Guerios 1973)

Sources: His Beatitude Estephan II Boutros El Douaihy Maronite Patriarch of Antioch  (1630-1704 CE),  Issa Iskander Maloof and Ignatios Tannos Al-Khoury 

For the COMPLETE FAMILY TREE, please, click HERE

In order to understand more about the Family Tree, please, click HERE

VERY IMPORTANT: The Middle Eastern Laws of succession are based on "agnatic rotation" differently than the "primogeniture" system of European monarchies where the eldest son/daughter invariably succeeds.

To understand more, please read these articles about the legitimacy of the Royal family: 

- Laws of Succession

- International Law

- Imperial Titles

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HRH Prince Sheikh Antonios El Chemor with Lebanese President Suleiman Frangieh. 

The family always had great relations with the Lebanese Government. 

Photo left (click to enlarge) The grave of His Highness Sheikh Selim El Chemor (passed away 1909 CE, the great grandfather of HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor, honorary head of the Royal House of Ghassan), note that the royal title of Sheikh (in Arabic, upper right side) is on his tombstone, a capital proof that the family has been publicly using the ‘sui iuris’ titles for centuries until the present date. (Grave at the cemetery at the Mar Mama Ancient Church in Kferhata, Lebanon) Understand the legality of the titles here: sheikhs-el-chemor-a-legal-study-of-titles/

Why is the El Chemor/Gharios family endowed with the Ghassanid Royal titles? LEARN MORE  

The current head of the Ghassanid Royal Family is His Royal Highness Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII. The honorary head is His Royal Highness Prince Cheikh Selim bin Antonios El Chemor. Prince Cheikh Selim is the oldest son of HRH Prince Cheikh Antonios bin Mikhael El Chemor, revered to be the honorary founder of the modern Royal House of Ghassan. LEARN MORE

Prince Gharios is the 8th great grandson in male line of HIRH Sheikh Youssef Chemor the last Ghassanid sovereign prince to rule until 1.747 CE in Zgharta-Zawiya (currently Lebanon). Descends from saints, emperors, kings, nobles and heroes.

Historical Imperial and Royal Titles (chronological order)

- Kings of Ghassan or Kings of the Ghassanids (220-638 CE) 

​- Kings of Damascus (220-638 CE) 

- Kings (or Emperors) of All Arabs "Basileus Araves" (529-638 CE)

- Roman (Byzantine) Emperors of the Phocid Dynasty (802-813 CE)

- Ceasars and Masters of the Island of Rhodes (1203-1250 CE)

- Sultans of Rasul (1229-1454 CE)  

- Sheikhs of Akoura (1211-1633 CE)

- Sheikhs of Zgharta-Zawyie (1641-1747 CE)  

​- Princes of Jabal Shammar (Chemor) (1836–1921 CE)  

* IMPORTANT: The surname “Al Chemor” (in Arabic الشمرّ) has many other transliterations: Shamir, Shammar, Shoumar, Chemr, etc. 

Prince Gharios' rights and titles were also recognized by the by the International Arbitration Award number 0413/2011 that, according to the Brazilian Federal Law number 9307/96 has the very same legal value as a Federal Court Verdict and according to the the "1958 NY Convention on Arbitration" is a legal binding court decision in 148 nations in the world. Even being already "res judicata" (matter already judged not subject to appeal) by Brazilian Law, the International Award was recognized and enforced by the Los Angeles Superior Court in February 2012.  In 2013, Brazilian jurists (one Chief judge and two presiding judges) signed affidavits recognizing the legality of the international arbitration award and Prince Gharios' rights and titles.

In 2014, received United States Special Congressional Recognition and also a Certificate of Recognition from the Senate of California. Also in 2014 was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a knight of the Pope, by His Beatitude Msgr. Fouad Twal, the Patriarch of Jerusalem and Grand prior of the Order, the oldest and one of the most respected and recognized Orders of  Chivalry in the world

In 2015, was recognized by the Royal family of Dubai through His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Al-Maktoum.

It was accredited by the United Nations with the Special Consultative Status in 2016.  LEARN MORE
In 2017, was officially received by the Lebanese President General Michel Aoun and by the President of Albania Bujar Nishani.  Was recognized and awarded by many political and religious leaders both in the West and in the Middle East. 

In May 2017, a family reunion took place in Beirut with the main heads of the family branches when the current formation of the Royal House was approved. Being officially recognized by the Lebanese Republic in 2019 by Ministerial Approval and Presidential Decree. LEARN MORE Also in 2019, was promoted to "Knight Commander" of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem by its Grand Master and Pope's Representative, Cardinal O'Brien. LEARN MORE

More about HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII  please CLICK HERE 


* HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII 

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Antonius El Chemor (in Memoriam) and all his descendants

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Selim El Chemor of Ghassan and all his descendants 

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Michel El Chemor of Ghassan and all his descendants 

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Khalil El Chemor of Ghassan and all his descendants

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Nassif El Chemor (in Memoriam) 

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Antoine Majid El Chemor and all his descendants 

* HIRH Prince Cheikh Youssef Magid El Chemor (in Memorian) and all his descendants 

* HRH Cheikh Dr. Naji Gharios married to HH Cheikha Sonia Gharios and all their descendants 

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- Royal claim based on titles previously recognized by the Ottoman Empire since its incursion in the Levant until its demise in 1924, 
- Royal claim based on titles recognized by the Lebanese Republic since its foundation until the present date,   
- Royal claim recognized by "jus sanguinis" (law of blood) on an International Arbitration award issued in 2011 and valid in 148 nations of the world by the 1958 NY Convention, 
- Vouched by 3 Brazilian Judges (sworn affidavits 2013), 
- Recognized and executed by 2 American Judges (2012 and 2016), 
- Based upon 150 years of European Jurisprudence of over 20 similar Royal claims, 
- Royal claim based on over 50 bona fide scholars (jurists and historians) from East and West,  
- Over 100 corroborating scholarly references, 
- Formally recognized by 3 ruling heads-of-state (2015 and 2017),  
- Informally recognized by governments and reputed institutions of United States (including the U.S. Congress), Brazil, Germany, Spain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Italy, Israel, Palestine and Ukraine,        
- Formally recognized by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem one of the original orders of chivalry in the world having the Pope as Sovereign, 
- Recognized by the majority of religious leaders in the Middle East, both Christian and Muslim.    

For further understanding, please, read the article "The El Chemor/Gharios Family Vis-à-vis with the International Law"  LEARN MORE    

The world’s largest non-governmental body of Muslim leaders recognizes the sovereign rights of the Royal House of Ghassan and its head LEARN MORE

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1960's Lebanese newspaper excerpt mentioning Sheikh Antonios and the El Chemor palace in Kferhata, a well-known landmark in Northern Lebanon. 

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