The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, formerly called Chinese or Eastern Turkestan, lies in the northwest of China, in Central Asia. The area was inhabited by Turkic speaking peoples from the 6th century onwards, and from the 10th century onwards, Islam became the dominant religion. During its history, control of this region shifted between the local population and the Chinese empire. From the late 19th century onwards until 1949, Chinese control of the area was contested by the Russian (later Soviet), and British powers, while the local, mostly Turkic and muslim population struggled for independence.
China's Muslims - Strangers In Their Own Land
Reporter Ron Gluckman comments on the situation of the Uygur in China.
The Soviets in Xinjiang (1911-1949)
Article by Mark Dickens.
History, politics, and literature of the Uighurs.
Uyghur American Association
Serving the Uygur community in the US and representing the Uygur in Eastern Turkestan.
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