- Jul 2012
The Tocharians were an indo-European people that inhabited the modern day area of Xinjiang in China. Their language was also an indo-European language. It is speculated that the Tocharians helped spread Buddhism through the Silk Road. In the 7th century, as the Uyghur Khaganate was collapsing, many Turkic migrants come to the area that the Tocharians inhabited and many Tocharians converted to Islam and may have intermarried with Turkic people while some may have went to central Asia. Did some flee the region and migrate to the Bactria region?