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Zoor Khane: History and Techniques of the Ancient Martial Art of Iran Paperback – July 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581605145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581605143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,508,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Frankel on May 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Zoor Khane (also spelled Zurkhane or Zurkane) is a system of physical and spiritual cultivation practiced in Iran and adjacent areas which were part of ancient Persia. Although the subtitle describes it as a martial art, and it certainly must have been in the past, the author describes how many of the martial aspects have been lost (sword fighting) or separated (wrestling) from Zoor Khane in the past century. The author provides a very interesting section on the historical background of the tradition, and comments on possible links to a variety of systems, including the Indian martial art of Kalarippayat, Turkish oil wrestling, and the spinning tradition of the Mevlana Sufis (AKA "Whirling Dervishes").

Zoor Khane is practiced by groups of men in an octagonal pit. The term Zoor Khane refers to the place of practice, which means "House of Strength" in English. The ritual is lead by a musician who chants sacred poetry while keeping time on a drum, and ringing bells to mark the beginning of different sections. The participants go through a lengthy sequence of exercises. Many are body weight exercises, including those commonly known as the "Hindu squat" and the "Hindu pushup" in the U.S.(obviously they are not called that in Iran!), twisting pushups, high speed spinning jumps, and a variety of other movements resembling qigong conditioning exercises. The pushups are performed with the hands on a small wooden plank. Other exercises use unusual equipment, including massive wooden clubs, an iron bow with weights hanging from a chain, and large wooden shields. A chapter on wrestling is also included. The book is well illustrated with photographs, and has adequate descriptions of how to do the exercises.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By El viejo lobo on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Gleich vorweg, den einen Stern behalte ich mir wegen des mangelhaften Bildmaterials ein.
Ansonsten habe ich mich über die Veröffentlichung gefreut. Hier haben wir ein Thema, was sehr stiefmütterlich behandelt wird. Über die Kampfkünste und Trainingsmethoden des Nahen Ostens gibt es wenig Literatur. Das macht einen Vergleich und eine Bewertung schwierig. Ein wenig findet man hierzu auch im "Traktat über die Kampfkunst". Doch dort geht es eher um die Keulenschwinger.
Da ich mich ein wenig mit der Materie befasst habe, kann ich vier Sterne vergeben. Das Buch hält was es verspricht.
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