The Phoenician International Research Center Inc. (PIRC) is a 501(c)(3) US-registered nonprofit, meaning it is a tax-exempt, charitable organization; it aims to promote science, education and peace through a study of the ancient world, and more particularly the Canaanite Phoenicians and Punic people's contribution to today's civilization. We are a group of international scholars, researchers and professionals who work to uncover, promote the study of, and disseminate information on our ancestors to the modern world, and to help fund archaeologists, scientists and researchers on the subject through tax deductible donations. The work of PIRC is published and branded by the trademark of the center.
Phoenician International Research Center is excited to announce its partnership with transatlantic expedition Phoenicians Before Columbus.
After building the replica Phoenician ship “Phoenicia” and circumnavigating Africa from 2008 to 2010, a new expedition is being planned. This time to sail Phoenicia from the Mediterranean to the Americas to illustrate that the Phoenicians (as the greatest ancient seafarers) had the capabilities and skills to cross the Atlantic two thousand years before Columbus. Crossing the Atlantic is an ambitious challenge as the Atlantic winds and storms are powerful and unforgiving for any sailor. However, it is a quest that demands to be attempted in order to answer one of history’s most important questions: who were the first sailors to discover the Americas? Learn more about this spectacular expedition from our partners at Expedition Phoenicians Before Columbus, by checking the website and facebook page.
The center has signed a cooperative agreement with Notre Dame University at Louaize (NDU), Lebanon, for the establishment of a locally independent chapter of the center for Lebanon and the Middle East headed by Dr. Clovis Karam as its Dean of Research. Further, the center is in touch with scholars in Italy to promote collaboration with Italian, Tunisian and Spanish centers and scholars that work in this field.
The idea behind the PIRC was conceived by Dr. Nicholas Kahwaji (Vancouver ,Canada), Secretary General of the World Lebanese Cultural Union ( 2009-2012), and executed by Salim Khalaf, author, editor and owner of the Encyclopedia Phoeniciana http://phoenicia.org. The two, working with Dr. George Haddy ( El Paso, Texas) formed a Steering Committee that initiated the process, in association with the WLCU. They elected Dr. Habib Chamoun- Nicoléas as president of the center (2009-2014). Further, the committee worked with Dr. Clovis Karam, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities at NDU to negotiate and head its chapter in Lebanon.
After obtaining legal status in North Carolina, President Chamoun-Nicolás announced the official establishment in Chapel Hill, NC, USA, of the center during his address to the 16th World Lebanese Cultural Union
(WLCU) World Congress in Mexico City, Mexico that ended on Monday, October 26.
In early 2015, the PIRC, Remi Kahwaji was selected as the new President, with Dr Chamoun-Nicolás remaining as the Honorary President of the PIRC in charge of the academic aspect of the Centre. For further information about the PIRC's founding, please contact Dr Nick kahwaji at [email protected]