Sean Stone, son of famed director Oliver Stone, is now a Muslim.
According to the Agence France-Presse, the 27-year-old filmmaker converted to Islam while working on a documentary in Iran.
According to the Tehran Times, which relays a report from the Fars News Agency, Stone on Tuesday recited shahada, the Muslim profession of faith that is the first pillar of Islam, at a Shia cleric’s office.
According to Al-Basheer magazine, the shahada creed translates to English as “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.”
But Stone maintained that his acceptance of Islam should not be seen as a renunciation of other faiths.
“The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,” Stone told AFP by telephone on Tuesday. “It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets.”
“Passport,” a blog published by Foreign Policy, notes that this isn’t Stone’s first time Iran. In September, he spent a week in the country working on a documentary about the poet Rumi, according to the Tehran Times.
Upon his return, Stone spoke about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, in an interview with The Wrap.
“He did come to America to extend a hand. And there’s a lot of mistranslation, literally, I’ve seen it. Ahmadinejad will say something and it will be mistranslated,” he told Sharon Waxman. “A lot of this is bullshit, mistranslation. It’s an aggressive attitude on both parts, mostly on the American side.”