East Turkistan / Sherqiy Turkistan / Uyguristan
The greater Turkistan is subdivided into West ( former Soviet Union countries )
and East Turkistan (administered as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the PRC.
Chinese Turkistan/Uyghuristan was twice independent in modern times (1933-34 and 1944-49)
and today there is a strong sentiment for the independent East Turkistan again.
Uyghurs are a Turkic people and follow Islam as their religion.
Uyghurs in Xinjiang number 8.346.000
and constitute 45.2% of the total population of the region.