Al Hajj Mahmud Kati (or Mahmoud Kati) (1468? - 1552 or 1593) was an African Muslim scholar. He is traditionally held to be the author of the West African chronicle Tarikh al-fattash, though the authorship is contested.[1]

Kati grew up in Kurmina but lived most of his adult life in Timbuktu. His tomb is the second largest in Timbuktu, after that of Mohammed Bagayogo, and is a site of pilgrimage.[1]


  1. ^ a b Christopher Wise (2012). "Kati, Mahmoud". In Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Emmanuel Akyeampong; Steven J. Niven (eds.). Dictionary of African Biography. OUP USA. pp. 309–312. ISBN 978-0-19-538207-5.