Another supposition by al-Jawahari suggests that the more formal name Bahri (lit.
"belonging to the sea") would have been misunderstood and so was opted against.
Modern causeways connect the four main islands, and all are connected to Saudi Arabia by the 16-mile-long King Fahd Causeway.
Long ruled by Arabs, the ancient land of Bahrain was an important trading center, dating all the way back to Roman times.
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Following a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in 1521, who in turn were expelled in 1602 by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty under the Persian Empire.
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The Qarmatians prevailed as a powerful force in much of the Middle East and Persian Gulf through the 10th century, and provoked a series of attacks, launching raids along routes crossing Arabia and massacring thousands of pilgrims.
An uprising occurred on the island of Bahrain in 1058, forcing the decline of the Qarmatian's power over the region, and pushing the Uyunids into control.