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Friday 15 December 2017

Oliver Stone's son converts to Islam in Iran

Sean Stone, son of the acclaimed film director Oliver Stone, has converted to Islam.

The 27-year-old documentary maker became a Muslim earlier this week during a ceremony in the Iranian city of Isfahan, during which he adopted the Islamic name Ali.

He travelled to Iran to produce a film about Rumi, the 13th-century mystic Persian poet, and has plans to work with Iranian film producers.

"It's a mistake to believe that Islam is antagonistic towards Judaism and Christianity," he told the ISNA news agency.

"What we need is to understand each other's beliefs and to establish dialogue."

Asked how his conversion would be reported in America, Mr Stone said he was not famous and it would have little effect on his life back home.

"The most important thing is I hope I can help Americans to understand the true nature of Islam," he said. "I feel good when I enter a mosque. I believe there is only one God and with this view it is not important whether you are Muslim, Christian or Jewish."







Nuclear

Iranian media has widely covered Sean Stone's conversion and his well-documented Iran-friendly comments.

Mr Stone said the best Iran could do with regard to the tensions surrounding the country over its controversial nuclear programme was not to look to the West.

"Pay attention to the east, and work with its partners like China." he said. "Try to industrialise the country and bring life to its economy."

The United States suspects Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability under cover of a declared civilian nuclear energy programme. Iran says it is enriching uranium only for civilian purposes.

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