National Geographic : 1953 Jul
() National ~eograpmlc society 17 Kodachromes by Abdul Ghafur Sheikh "Ali, Give Me Strength!" Cry Muscle-building Executives of the Bank of Iran Financiers in Tehran believe in physical as well as fiscal soundness. At their zur khaneh, or House of Strength, they meet regularly in embroidered leather breeches to drill with huge clubs, lift heavy wooden shields, and toy with iron chains. Mostly Shiite followers of Mohammed's son-in-law, Ali, they begin the exercises by touching the ground and shouting, "Ya, Ali !" < While an off-scene spiritual leader beats cadence and recites Persian verse in hypnotic tones, the banker-athletes perform pushups on little wooden platforms.