Sean Stone, the son of three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone,

in Tehran on Feb. 8. In Iran to do research for a documentary and

attend of conference entitled 'Hollywoodism & Cinema,' took the

opportunity while in Iran to convert to Shiite Islam.



Fars News Agency, Islamic Republic of Iran

Son of Director Oliver Stone Becomes a Shiite Muslim in Iran


The world's fastest growing religion just got a little bit bigger. According to this news item from Iran's state-run Fars News Agency, the 27-year-old son of Oliver Stone - Sean Stone - has converted to Shiite Islam in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Sean, who has in the past expressed support for the Iranian system as misconstrued, didn't say why he decided to do so.


February 8, 2012


Islamic Republic of Iran - Fars News Agency - Original Article (English)

TEHRAN: During a ceremony in the city of Isfahan on Tuesday, the son of Oliver Stone, the renowned Oscar-winning film director, converted to Islam. Sean Stone, taking the Muslim name Ali, became a Shiite Muslim at the ceremony in Iran's historic city of Isfahan.


"The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and other prophets," he said.




Born to a Jewish father and Christian mother, Stone didn't say why he wanted to convert to Islam.


Stone, who visited Iran several months ago, said he needed to know more about Persian culture and civilization and become familiar with Iranian traditions and rituals. He also said Iran is one of Asia's major centers of filmmaking and that he would, "like to introduce Persian culture and civilization to the West."


The 27-year-old filmmaker is a Princeton University history graduate and has collaborated on many of his father's projects, including the 2004 film Alexander. He has also directed a handful of documentaries.





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