Sooi Ling Tan, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Sooi Ling Tan
Adjunct Lecturer, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary.

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“As the sounds of music rocked the Ciwalk open-air mall, camaraderie transpired and by the end of the night, a liminal musical peace communitas emerged.”

Chapter Titles:

  • Chapter 12: Peacesongs: Forging Musical Peace Communitas among the Youth of Indonesia (Dr. Sooi Ling Tan)
  • Chapter 13: Musical Pathways Toward Peace And Reconciliation: An Introduction (King and Tan)
  • Chapter 14: Employing Musical Pathways of Peace and Reconciliation (King and Tan).

Biographical Information:
Sooi Ling Tan worked as a research associate for this project “Songs of Peace and Reconciliation among Muslims and Christians.” She contributed a chapter to the book, Uncommon Sounds: Songs of Peace and Reconciliation entitled “PeaceSongs: Forging a musical peace communitas among the youth of Indonesia”. In August 31, 2011, she successfully completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Brehm Center for Worship Theology and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary. An adjunct assistant professor at Fuller she has taught two courses, “Worship in World Religions” and “Worship from a Global Perspective.” She currently teaches at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Malaysia.

Tan was born in Penang, Malaysia. For her first degree, she read English Literature at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and thereafter obtained a Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language. She also holds a M. Min. from Malaysia Bible Seminary and a M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2003. In 2008, she graduated with a Ph.D from Fuller Theological Seminary (School of Intercultural Studies) with a dissertation entitled, Transformative Worship Among the Salakos of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Shortly after completing her first degree, Tan moved to Sarawak, East Malaysia to work as a pastor. Her involvement with church planting and the community in Sarawak has imbibed a deep appreciation for their various cultures especially their music, dance, language and history. Since then, she has continued to be involved in pastoral work, training and leading worship in several churches both in Malaysia and in Los Angeles. Her passion is to engage in further research in the area of Asian theology and worship and to teach and develop worship leaders to excel in the craft of leading contextualized and biblical worship.