was an ancient region including modern Kuwait
, associated with the old Babylonian
empire. The names Shinar and Sumer
refer to approximately the same region and are probably related linguistically.
For historical information about the region and its people, see Sumer
Etymologically, the name Shinar comes to English from Hebrew via
the Old Testament. In the Bible, Shinar is associated with
false religion. See also Tower of Babel.