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But who were these Christians? Initially they came from Persia where we know there were Christian communities from at least the 3rd century CE.
It was mainly as a result of the international trade on the Silk Road that Christians established themselves in the oasis towns of Inner Asia.
The Christians of this region used Syriac as their liturgical language, but the discovery of textual fragments at Turfan shows that they also used local languages, such as Sogdian and Uighur...