Definition of Issa in US English:


nounPlural Issas

  • A member of a Somali people living in Djibouti.

    • ‘Afar have a traditional preference for patrilateral cross-cousin marriage; the Issa and other Somalis are less strict.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The French ruled through skilfully exploiting the tensions between the dominant ethnic groups, the Afar and the Issa.’
    • ‘The Somali Issa have a creation myth that portrays their common ancestor - named Aqiil Abuu Taalib - as a holy man from Arabia.’


  • Relating to the Issa.

    • ‘The chamber of deputies consisted of 33 Issa representatives, and 32 Deputies of the Afar people.’
    • ‘All in all, Issa pieces are unique and definitely worth the second glance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


The name in Somali.