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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.
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