Muslim scholars join “One Voice for Christians”

Last Friday in Beirut, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor had a pleasant meeting followed by an interview section with two prominent Muslim scholars, one Sunnite and one Shiite. With (left) Sheikh Dr Abdelkader Ternani (Sunni Muslim) professor of the Universite Libanaise (Lebanese University) and (right) Sheikh Dr Ahamad Kaiss (Shiite Muslim) professor of the Islamic University of Lebanon. Both Muslim scholars are great supporters of inter religious dialogue and were interviewed for the documentary series “One Voice for Christians“.

The world’s leading scholar in Middle Eastern Royal Succession presents sworn statement about Ghassanid Royal Rights

Due to the massive fall of monarchies in the 19th and 20th centuries, the study of Dynastic and Nobility Law has decayed considerably becoming a very rare subject amongst the scholars today. This fact gave birth to several myths and misconceptions about the subject even amongst reasonably educated people.

Because of the European colonial dominance in the world until the last century and the current existence of several acting monarchies in the region, as well as several non-ruling royal families being extremely active socially and even politically, created the false ideathat all the royal and noble titles in the world and their succession should follow the European model, regardless of any local – and sometimes millennial – traditions that particular family may have. Truth to be told, many royal houses decided to “Europeanize” their customs and traditions, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, those “adaptations” to the European model were dully and legally documented, not leaving any room for guessing and hearsay.

Also, there’s an enormous misconception regarding legality versus notoriety and prestige. There are thousands of former ruling and noble families in the world. Some more and some less known and prestigious. Not all of them have a plethora of information available in other languages than their native ones. It’s humanly impossible, even for a scholar, to know the peculiarities and rules of every single one of them. Therefore, it’s not because many people “never heard” of this or that family means that the family is legitimate or not.

Through this blog and many other documents and articles containing several scholarly references from bonafide academic organizations all over the world, we’ve proven to exhaustion the legal rights of the El Chemor/Gharios family according to the Middle Eastern custom and the international law to the Royal Ghassanid titles.

There are maybe dozens of top scholars specialized in the European royal succession but not a handful of leading experts in the royal succession in the Middle East.

Today, one of the indisputable world top scholars in Middle Eastern Royal Succession, Dr Joseph Albert Kéchichian, signed a sworn affidavit recognizing the rights of the Ghassanid Royal Family and of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII.

Click on the link for the documents

Original Sworn Affidavit in Arabic

English Notarized Translation

German Notarized Translation  

Here’s an excerpt of the sworn statement:

A sovereign/Royal Shaykh, like the El Chemor/Shoummar/Gharios family, may well have roots in the tribal system, and are similar to their counterparts in the Arabian Gulf, like the ruling families in Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, among othersIt is this title that is the equivalent of prince and it’s given to the ruler and his sons.  Consequently, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu‘man VIII is a direct descendant of the Ghassanid Kings and the Shaykhs El Chemor/Shoummar.  He is the sole claimant to the headship of the Royal House of Ghassan with germane claims that are in absolute harmony with Middle Eastern laws of succession and tribal customs.  Critically, he has the bay’ah [loyalty oath] from the heads of the El Chemor/Shoummar family members and, as such, a legitimate claim to his crown.”

Joseph Albert Kéchichian, PhD 

Dr Kéchichian is the leading authority on Middle Eastern Royal succession in the world today. He’s constantly requested as an expert commentator to TV News stations like Al Jazeera, BBC, RT, etc… He has received his doctorate in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1985, where he also taught (1986-1988), and assumed the assistant deanship in international studies (1988-1989). In the 1989, he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University (under the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program). Between 1990 and 1996, he labored at the Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation as an Associate Political Scientist, and was a lecturer at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

Between 1998 and 2001, Dr Kéchichianwas a fellow at UCLA’s Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, where he held a Smith Richardson Foundation grant (1998-1999) to compose Succession in Saudi Arabia (New York: Palgrave [2001]) and Beirut and London: Dar Al Saqi, 2002, 2003 [2nd ed] (for the Arabictranslation)]. He published Political Participation and Stability in the Sultanate of Oman, Dubai: Gulf Research Center, 2005, Oman and the World: The Emergence of an Independent Foreign Policy (Santa Monica: RAND [1995]), and edited A Century in Thirty Years: Shaykh Zayed and the United Arab Emirates(Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Policy Council [2000]), as well as Iran, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf States (New York: Palgrave [2001]). In 2003, he co-authored, with R. Hrair Dekmejian at USC, The Just Prince: A Manual of Leadership (London: Saqi Books), which includes a full translation of the Sulwan al-Muta` by Muhammad Ibn Zafar al-Siqilli.

In 2008, he published two studies, Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies(Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, and Beirut: Riyad al-Rayyes Books, 2012—in 2 volumes for the Arabic translation]), and Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida and Beirut: Dar al-‘Arabiyyah lil-Mawsu‘at, 2012]. His newest book is Legal and Political Reforms in Sa‘udi Arabia, published by Routledge in December 2012, and he has just completed a companion volume to Faysalon ‘Iffat Al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen(London: Sussex Academic Press, 2015).

Some of his works:

From Alliance to Union, Sine loco : Sussex Academic Press, 2016

Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies,Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008, ISBN 1-58826-556-0

Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons, Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8130-3242-9

Political Participation and Stability in the Sultanate of Oman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Gulf Research Center, 2005

The Just Prince: A Manual of Leadership,London, England: Saqi Books, 2003, ISBN 0-86356-783-5

Succession in Saudi Arabia, New York City, United States: Palgrave, 2001, ISBN 0-312-23880-0, Beirut and London: Dar Al Saqi, 2002, 2003 [2nd edition (for the Arabic languagetranslation), ISBN 1-85516-445-0

Oman and the World: The Emergence of an Independent Foreign Policy, Santa Monica, California: RAND, 1995, ISBN 0-8330-2332-2

“The Enduring Saudi Oil Power,” in Robert E. Looney, ed, Handbook of Oil Politics, London and New York: Routledge, 2012, pp. 284-294.

The Sultanate of Oman and the US, in Robert E. Looney, ed, Handbook of US-Middle East Relations: Formative Factors and Regional Perspectives, London and New York City: Routledge, 2009, pp. 417-433.

Reforming the Judiciary in Saudi Arabia, in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1979-2009: Evolution of a Pivotal State, A Special Edition of Viewpoints, Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Institute, 2009, at http://www.mei.edu/Publications/WebPublications/Viewpoints/ViewpointsArchive/tabid/541/ctl/Detail/mid/1623/xmid/784/xmfid/11/Default.aspx[permanent dead link]

Refining the Saudi ‘Will to Power’, Perspectives 003, National University of Singapore Middle East Institute, Singapore, 2009, pp 1-16 at http://www.mei.nus.edu.sg/publications/MEI%20Perspectives%20003-Final.pdf

Affirming the Saudi Will to Power: Domestic Challenges to King `Abdullah, Middle East Institute Policy Brief, Number 16 (June 2008), pp. 1-9 at https://web.archive.org/web/20090503081050/http://www.mideasti.org/policy-brief/affirming-saudi-will-power-domestic-challenges-king-%E2%80%98abdullah

Can Conservative Arab Gulf Monarchies Endure a Fourth War in the Persian Gulf, The Middle East Journal, 61:2 (Spring 2007), pp. 283-306.

Extremism & Opposition Movements on the Arabian Peninsula, ORF Studies in Muslim Societies-V, New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation, 2006, pp. 1-55.

Democratization in Gulf Monarchies: A New Challenge to the GCC, Middle East Policy 11:4 (Winter 2004), pp. 37-57.

Testing the Saudi ‘Will to Power:’ Challenges Confronting Prince Abdallah, Middle East Policy 10:4 (Winter 2003), pp. 100-115.

The Burden of Saudi Arabia [Review Article], The Middle East Journal 57:3, (Summer 2003), pp. 492-497.

The Throne in the Sultanate of Oman, in Joseph Kostiner (ed.), Middle Eastern Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity, Boulder, Colorado and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000, pp. 187-211.

Saudi Arabia’s Will to Power, Middle East Policy 7:2 (February 2000), pp. 47-60.

Trends in Saudi National Security, The Middle East Journal, 53:2 (spring 1999), pp. 232-53.

As editor:

A Century in Thirty Years: Shaykh Zayed and the United Arab Emirates, Washington, D.C.: Middle East Policy Council, 2000, ISBN 0-943182-08-5

Iran, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf States, New York City, United States: Palgrave, 2001, ISBN 0-312-29388-7

Maronite Archbishop of Beirut joins “One Voice for Christians”

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with HE Boulos Matar the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut

Yesterday, at the Maronite Archbishopric of Beirut in Archrafieh, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and a delegation from the board of the Royal House of Ghassanin Lebanon, has visited His Excellency Boulos Youssef Matar, the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut. The group was received by the Archbishop for a private audience and also for an interview for the series of documentaries “One Voice for Christians“.

The Archbishop is a connoisseur of Ghassanid history and very familiar with the El Chemor family, ministering the wedding of a family member in the past.

His Excellency has offered a very comprehensive overview of the situation of Christianity in the Middle East which will be available to the public very soon.

The Royal House of Ghassan has bestowed upon the Archbishop the Order of Saint Michael Archangel in the rank of knight grand cross.

In addition to the Prince of Ghassan, the delegation of the Royal House was composed by the board members HH Sheikh Dr Elie Gharios, Joyce Doumit – the responsible for the arrangements, Petro Al Achkar, and by the production team of “One Voice for Christians“.

Royal House of Ghassan provides more historical documents regarding the family’s titles

The Royal House of Ghassan, through its international board and royal family member, HRH Prince Sheikh Antoine Magid El Chemor, provided for public records, the personal official passport of the late HRH Prince Sheikh Nassif Magid El Chemor (*1945+2017). The recent Passport number 184320 proves that the Lebanese Republic kept recognizing the titles of the El Chemor family even over two centuries after the last dethronement in the 18th century. That’s also a capital proof that the family members that stayed in Lebanon have never relinquished the sovereign claims since the fall of the first Ghassanid State in 636 CE. Several family members risked their lives keeping the last name El Chemor and the titles regardless of the persecution from the Ottoman Empire legally preserving the sovereign claim of the family according to the standards of international law.

More documents HERE

Sworn statement from the world’s leading expert in Arab Royal Succession HERE 

Learn more about the family’s Royal titles HERE

Learn more about the title Sheikh HERE

More about the sovereign rights of the El Chemor family according to international law HERE

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets the Armenian Ambassador in Lebanon

The delegation of the Royal House of Ghassan with the Armenian Ambassador (center)

Last Tuesday, at the Grand Hills Hotel Broumana, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and a delegation from the Royal House of Ghassan composed by HH Sheikh Dr Elie Gharios and Petro Al Achkar, have participated of the “Armenian Cultural Night” with the presence of the Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon His Excellency Mr Samvel Mkrtchian. The event was organized by the Ourjouan Lions Club and the Metn Rotary Club under the patronage of the Ain Malak family. The Royal House of Ghassan thanks Mrs Rima Kanaan, President of the Ourjouan Lions Club, for the kind invitation.

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets the King of Eti Oni

During his stay in London, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor met his personal friend His Majesty Oba Dokun Thompson, the traditional King of Eti-Oni (Nigeria). Both have represented Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors and the VVIP designer Kenneth Bordewick at the 2018 International Design & Architecture Awards at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London.

The king and the prince spent time together discussing the situation of Africa and the Middle East and their efforts to support both regions.