DJIBOUTI: Mardi 2, Janvier 2013 (DjibTalk) — ‘The decay of the Sultanate of Adal has started from the port town of Barbara at the end of 17th century with a collective offensive made by the Somali Dir tribes of Mahe and Madoobe Dir (respectively called Issak and Issa nowadays) but a single tribe continued the push of the Afar tribes from Zeila to Awash which is the Issa tribe. The Issa tribal chieftain, Ali Kalageeye,where the nickname by which only the Issas call the Afars ‘Oda Cali’ meaning ‘Hode Ali or destroyed by Ali’ was the first to venture of such conquests. To date, there are no other Somali tribes which have borders with the Afars than the Issas.’Dr.Dabaleh, historian and researcher of Awsa Afar origins.
‘Over 54 websites of Gadabuursis propagate that Zeila belongs to them from antiquity but the fact is that Zeila was a cosmopolitan town where different races and ethnic groups used to settle in under the Adal Sultanate, the Othman Empire and the British. The peoples of Zeila have even invented a Zeilean language that was used particularly in Zeila and which was the outcome of the languages spoken in the city at the time, a living example being the folklore songs like ‘aruusee aruusee’,the ‘siti faadumo’ songs and so forth. The city was always surrounded by Issa tribe nomads all the way from the before the collapse of the adal Sultanate.’Dr.Farah, historian of Zeilaen descent (by the way, he qualifies himself as such, neither Somali, nor Afar, nor Arab and nor Turkish! His close families live currently in Q4 of Djibouti)
Nabad iyo Caano.
'Anciant Adal Sultanate map and contemporary Issa tribal map'