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”. Understand more about the El Chemor Sheikhs titles 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 demise (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 (Historical Scientific Research) written in 1948 about the family's history.
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
His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan, Al-Nu'man VIII, in Arabic Emir Al-Nu'man 8th Gharios El Chemor Ibn Jafna Al-Ghassani. 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).
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 142 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. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BS-135337 of 02/24/2012). Also in 2012, received the highest honor of the State of Kentucky, the title of honorary Colonel.
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 2015, was recognized by the Royal family of Dubai through His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Al-Maktoum.
The Royal House of Ghassan 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.
For further understanding, please, read the article "The El Chemor/Gharios Family Vis-à-vis with the International Law"LEARN MORE
- 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.
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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.
According to accepted international jurisprudence, after a monarchy is dethroned, the Royal Family (and its descendants) may keep the titles lawfully indefinitely, always respecting laws of succession of that dynasty. That happened with several deposed families that kept their titles like: the Orleans, Bourbons and Bonaparts in France, the Savoys in Italy, the Bragancas in Portugal, etc.
That happened with Prince Gharios' family. He's 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). The El Chemor Sheikhs ascended to power in 1211 CE as the "Royal heirs of the last king of Ghassan" (the family's name "El Chemor" comes from king "Chemor" Jabalah") and never stopped using their titles until the present date. The El Chemor/Gharios/Guerios family in exile in Brazil couldn’t publicly and legally use the titles since according to the Brazilian Constitution of February 24, 1891, (amended September 3rd 1926 and in with this specific clause force until 1988) SECTION II, Art. 72, Paragraph 2: “Everyone is equal before the law. The Republic does not admit birth privileges, it does not allow forums of nobility and extinguishes the existing honorific orders and all its prerogatives and benefits, as well as the nobility titles and of council.” http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/Constituicao/Constituicao91.htm The very same has happened with the Habsburg family in Austria since the country does not accept the use of noble titles since 1919 until today.
Below, the 1948's book "Al-Sheikh Al-Chemor Al-Hakam Al-Akoura (1211-1633) Al-Hakam Zawie (1641-1747)" in English "The Sheikhs Chemor rulers of Akoura (1211-1633 CE) and rulers of Zawie (1641-1747 CE)" Beirut, Lebanon, 1948, by the famous Lebanese historian Ignatious Tannos Khoury, where several scientific and academic evidence, corroborated by several other scholars, link beyond a single solitary doubt, the Al-Chemor Sheikhs as direct descendants to the Ghassanid King Abu Chemor Jablah (reigned 518-528 CE) and the Gharios Family as a direct continuation of the Al-Chemor Family. To read the partial translation of the book, please CLICK HERE TO ACCESS HISTORICAL FAMILY DOCUMENTS PLEASE, CLICK HERE
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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.
(Left) the 1947's book "Al-Sheikh Al-Chemor Al-Hakam Al-Akoura (1211-1633) Al-Hakam Zawie (1641-1747)" in English "The Sheikhs Chemor rulers of Akoura (1211-1633 CE) and rulers of Zawie (1641-1747 CE)" Beirut, Lebanon, 1948, by the famous Lebanese historian Ignatious Tannos Khoury
(Below) HIRH Prince Gharios with his cousin the late HRH Princess Lodi Chehab Al-Chemor at the Al-Chemor Palace in Kfar Hata, Lebanon. She's a Princess and a Shariffa by her own right descending from HRH Prince Bashir Chehab II "the Great", the Emir (or Prince) of Mount Lebanon from 1788 till 1840. She also descends from the Quraysh being related to the Hashemite Royal Family of Jordan and the Alouite Royal Family of Morrocco. Therefore, Al-Chemor Family (Prince Gharios') is related by marriage to some of the more important Arab Royal Families
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1950's newspaper excerpt with an official statement by the Sheikh El Chemor of Zawyie about parliamentary election. Even though some family members had to escape and go to the exile, the family never ceased to publicly use their titles.
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(Above) The Sheikhs El Chemor's palace in Kfar Hata in current Lebanon. The last Ghassanid Royal palace. Photos from the early XX century and 2015
Photo right (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:
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For more information on the subject, please, watch the video below and visit the Official website of the Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan.
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:
Alnuman Gharios El Chemor
(First King of Ghassan 220 CE)
Jablah IV Abu Chemor
(Ghassanid king ruled 518-528 CE and originator of the Chemor name)
Al Harith V
Chemor Jablah VI
(last incumbent 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 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)
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