Definition of Issa in English:



  • A member of a Somali people living in the Republic of Djibouti.

    • ‘The Somali Issa have a creation myth that portrays their common ancestor - named Aqiil Abuu Taalib - as a holy man from Arabia.’
    • ‘However, the Issas presently dominate the government, civil service, and the ruling party, a situation that has bred resentment and political competition between the Somali Issas and the Afars.’
    • ‘Afar have a traditional preference for patrilateral cross-cousin marriage; the Issa and other Somalis are less strict.’
    • ‘The French ruled through skilfully exploiting the tensions between the dominant ethnic groups, the Afar and the Issa.’


  • Relating to the Issa.

    • ‘All in all, Issa pieces are unique and definitely worth the second glance.’
    • ‘Recent events are raising questions about Djibouti's stability, as some Afars have revolted on the grounds of what they claim to be an Issa domination of the state.’
    • ‘In June 1976, the territory's citizenship law, which favored the Afar minority, was revised to reflect more closely the weight of the Issa Somali.’
    • ‘The chamber of deputies consisted of 33 Issa representatives, and 32 Deputies of the Afar people.’
    • ‘In traditional Afar and Issa beliefs, shaped by the continuity of patrilineal ideology, the soul of a deceased rejoins the ancestors, who are occasionally appealed to by the living descendants.’


The name in Somali.