Issa was born on October 4, 1939 in the village of Beshla in the center of Mitt Ghamr in Dakahlia Governorate. He received a BA in Social Work in 1961 and headed for a period of five years a number of social units in rural Egypt.
He started his cultural writer of the short story, and then went in 1962 to write the history of political and social thought, devoted himself to the work of the press since 1972, in the Republic newspaper, founded and co-founder and managing editor of several newspapers and magazines, and head before his death edit Cairo newspaper.
His first book, "The Arab Revolution," was published in 1979. He has also published 20 books on history, political and social thought and literature, including Gregg, intellectuals and soldiers, a constitution in the rubbish bin, and the men of Ria and Sakina.