The Royal House of Ghassan and its continuous official recognition

The Official 01/07/2022 decree from the Lebanese Republic showing the continuous recognition of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan and the Royal titles of its members. Note the name of the Head of the Lebanese branch Sheikh Selim El Chemor

Very few deposed Royal Houses are currently recognized by the republics that held their territories in the past. This lack of recognition is obvious since it’d be counterproductive and even stupid for a regime that took over those kingdoms to recognize their legitimacy and even their existence. In Europe, some examples are Portugal and Albania. In Africa, the traditional kingdoms have constitutional recognition from the republics. Obviously, those rare recognitions are given merely on a cultural and historical level since there’s absolutely no legal way a Royal House can exist if not as a non-profit international association, one of the most notorious being the RFA – The Romanov Family Association, for the members of the Imperial House of Russia.

The Ghassanid Kings, emperors, and princes ruled several Middle Eastern regions, from 220 CE until the mid 18th century, a duration of over 1500 years. The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is the oldest active Christian Royal House in the world, the sovereigns ruled over the largest territory for the longest period; more than any other Arab Dynasty.

During its most recent rule (present-day Lebanon) the Royal Ghassanid titles kept enjoying official recognition previously by the Ottoman empire until its demise and later by the Lebanese Republic until today.

Above: The Royal House of Ghassan has acquired several family documents which prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the Royal Family not only ruled from 220 CE until 1747 CE but also kept using the titles even after the deposition until the present days. 

Above: 1909’s tombstone of Sheikh Selim El Chemor 
The grave of His Highness Sheikh Selim El Chemor (passed away in 1909 CE, the great grandfather of HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor, the head of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon), 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. In 1909 CE, it was 162 years after the deposition and 51 years after the title’s abolishment by the Ottoman Empire in Lebanon
(Grave at the cemetery at the Mar Mama Ancient Church in Kferhata, Lebanon)  

In 1948, Father Ignatios Tannos El Khoury, one of the most acclaimed and respected Maronite historians of the 20th century, published historical scientific research about the family calledSheikhs El Chemor rulers of Akoura (1211-1633) and rulers of Zgharta-Zawyie (1641-1747)”. In this study, Father El Khoury states about the origins of the family El Chemor as being princes from the Ghassanid Royal Family and descending from the last King of Ghassan. That being the reason why they were respected by the Maronites as princes and sovereign rulers. Even regardless of the Ghassanid claim, the El Chemor family is undoubtedly a princely family since their titles didn’t come from any higher authority (prince, King or emperor). They were sovereign and therefore royal, differently than many Sheikhs in Lebanon who got their titles from the princes that ruled Lebanon as “Ottoman puppets”. Not even those princes were technically sovereign since their power emanated conditionally and exclusively from the Ottoman empire.

He also states that the Gharios (Guerios) family from Jbeil and Chiyah in Lebanon was originated from the El Chemor family.

The accounts about the El Chemor/Gharios (Guerios) family were never contested in over 300 years. Not even one line was written against the documents, books, or even about the authors. On the contrary, patriarch Douaihy was Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in 1998 and is in the process of becoming a saintFather Ignatios had published several historical books published not only in Lebanon but also in Europe and 6 years after the El Chemor scientific study was laureated by the French Government with their highest academic Order, the “Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms)” in the rank of officer, the second-highest. This honour is even higher in precedence than the well-known “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)”.

Recently, Professor Dr. Abbot Antoine Daouone of the top modern Maronite historians, have confirmed the aforementioned statements in a sworn affidavit.  Prof. Dr Daou is not only an acclaimed Maronite historian and author of the book “History of the Maronites” (Beirut, 1970) amongst many others, but was graduated from the Pontifical Angelicum University in Rome with Doctorates in Theology and Canon law. He is a sitting professor of the La Sagesse University in Lebanon and is the Abbot of the Antoinine Maronite Order. He also serves as the Secretary of the Commission of the Lebanese Bishops’ Conference for Dialogue with Islam.

Prof. Dr. Abbot Daou categorically states that the book about the El Chemor family by Father Ignatioshas been considered as an essential reference of Maronite’s and Lebanon history’s references” and that “no book or criticism has been issued by the Maronite church opposing this chronicling.” About Father Ignatios he states “a well-known historian and writer”.

In 2018, one of the indisputable world top scholars in Middle Eastern Royal Succession, Dr Joseph Albert Kéchichiansigned a sworn affidavit recognizing the rights of the Ghassanid Royal Family and of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII.

Dr Kéchichian is the leading authority on Middle Eastern Royal succession in the world today. 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 1989, he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University(under the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program). Between 1990 and 1996, he laboured 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).

Here’s a document’s excerpt:

By the beginning of the 20th century, some of the Gharios family decided to use the titles and surname El Chemor once again.  As there are two categories of Shaykhs in Lebanon—the noble (non-sovereign) Shaykh, who may be the counterpart of baron, count or duke—and the sovereign/Royal Shaykh.  The first is mostly honorary but the second is a title bestowed by a semi-sovereign authority under the Ottoman Empire.  A sovereign/Royal Shaykh, like the El Chemor/Shoummar/Gharios family, 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 others.  It 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 (born Ahnume Guerios) 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.” 

The Royal House and its international sovereign head, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII have received overwhelming international recognition in recent years.

The recognitions are from the highest governmental levels also coming from the leading scholars in their respective fields.

Some of the noteworthy recognitions:

⁃ United Nations https://royalblog.org/2016/07/27/royal-house-of-ghassan-is-accredited-by-the-united-nations/

The world’s largest non-governmental body of Muslim leadershttps://royalblog.org/2020/06/18/the-worlds-largest-non-governmental-body-of-muslim-leaders-recognizes-the-sovereign-rights-of-the-royal-house-of-ghassan-and-its-head/

⁃ World’s leading scholar in Middle Eastern Royal Succession https://royalblog.org/2018/11/20/the-worlds-leading-scholar-in-middle-eastern-royal-succession-presents-sworn-statement-about-ghassanid-royal-rights-2/

⁃ Top Lebanese Maronite historian https://royalblog.org/2017/02/02/top-maronite-historian-validates-chronicles-about-el-chemorgharios-family/

In 2019, after three long years of a very bureaucratic process, The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan was officially recognized by the Lebanese Government. Two documents, one the decree signed by the judge from the ministry of interior, and by the Lebanese President and Head of State, the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is fully recognized with the consent of the Council of Ministers and the permission for an official branch in Lebanon is granted

Important: Please, note on the document below, that a full investigation was conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior culminating with the approval by the Council of Ministers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was fully aware of the Royal Houses’ international activities and goals having to issue a formal report (No.865/5 of March 6th, 2018) also, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was formally invited by the Lebanese Government to several official events (see certificate below signed by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs)

The certificate above signed by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs stating the official participation of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor at the Lebanese Diaspora Conference, an official governmental event

Ghassanid Royal Family was officially received by the President of Lebanon in 2017

According to several scholars and even some heads of recognized Sovereign Houses, only heads of state and ruling monarchs can confirm titles. The late Archduke Ottom Von Habsburg (1912-2011), head of the Imperial House of Austria, in a personal letter, had confirmed that statement when asked to confirm a title.

A personal letter from the late Head of the Imperial House of Habsburg confirming that only heads of state and ruling monarchs can confirm titles

According to all the above, the continuous official and legal recognition of the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is irrefutable.

More details here https://royalblog.org/2019/11/07/the-royal-house-of-ghassan-is-officially-recognized-by-the-lebanese-government/

More Royal Ghassanid Documents here http://www.royalghassan.org/documents-.html

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