VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
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”.
“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.
Please 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
(First King of Ghassan 220 CE)
Al-Harith IV Abu Chemor
(Ghassanid king until 496 CE and originator of the Chemor name)
Chemor Jablah IV
Chemor Jablah VI
(last Ghassanid king of the 1st state 638 CE)
(Rulers of Akoura 1211-1633 CE
Rulers of Zgharta-Zawyie 1641-1747 CE)
More details CLICK HERE
Youssef El Chemor
(last 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
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:
The current head of the Ghassanid Royal Family is His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII. The honorary head is His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Cheikh Selim bin Antonios El Chemor. Prince Cheikh Selim is the oldest son of HIRH 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. HIRH is a legitimate heir of the Ghassanid Kings, The Byzantine Emperors of the Phocid (Nikephorian) Dynasty, the Sovereign Christian Sheikhs Chemor (or Shummar). For further understanding, please, read the article "The El Chemor/Gharios Family Vis-à-vis with the International Law"LEARN MORE
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.
His Highness wrote the treatise "Dynastic and Nobility law - the end of a myth" about the international jurisprudence on titles and honors and also about the legality of his claims for the Kingdom of Ghassan. To this date, the only specific book about the subject available in English.
In December 18th 2012, received an Award from the Brazilian Government in recognition of his philanthropic and cultural activities around the world as Prince and the Head of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan. The award was proposed by the Congressman Ney Leprevost, voted and approved by unanimity by the State Congress.
In June 2013, the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan was approved as participant of the United Nations Global Compact.
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 the same year, wrote the book "Middle East, the Secret History and Possible Solutions" and was awarded with the "21st International Cultural Award Trentino-Abruzzo Alto Adige" (Italian Government) in the "History Category", being the first Arab writer to receive the award. It was also a recognized private foundation and charity by the United States Government (IRS 501 (c) 3) in the same year.
In 2015, was recognized by the Royal family of Dubai through His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Al-Maktoum.
In 2017, was officially received by the Lebanese President General Michel Aoun and by the President of Albania Bujar Nishani.
It was accredited by the United Nations with the Special Consultative Status in 2016. LEARN MORE
Was recognized and awarded by many political and religious leaders both in the West and in the Middle East.
Prince Gharios is married to Princess Consort Viviane since 2002.
More about HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII please CLICK HERE
ROYAL CLAIM'S SUMMARY:
- 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
In Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2016
Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan