蔡宗德，為少數長期專注於伊斯蘭世界與東南亞音樂的臺灣學者。1963年出生於 新竹市。1990年負笈美國馬里蘭大學(University of Maryland)，修習民族音樂學，師承Jozef Pacholczyk、Philip Schuyler與Mantle Hood，並於1998年獲得民族音樂學博士學位，長期在印尼、中國新疆、伊朗、烏茲別克、臺灣等地，從事伊斯蘭宗教音樂、醫療民族音樂學、海外華人音樂、中國少數民族音樂以及臺灣傳統戲曲音樂研究，田野調查經歷豐碩。同時亦已出版專著《音聲、儀式與醫療：印尼爪哇民俗療癒文化與活動》(2015)、《傳統與現代性：印尼伊斯蘭宗教音樂文化》(2006)、《伊斯蘭世界音樂文化》(2002)，以及發表印尼傳 統音樂、印尼華人音樂、醫療民族音樂學、伊斯蘭宗教音樂、新疆維吾爾族音樂、臺灣歌仔戲等相關之單篇論文多篇於國內、外學術研討會、學術性期刊與論文集。
Tsai Tsung-te, born in 1963 in Hsinchu, is one of the few Taiwan scholars with long-time dedication to Islamic and South-East Asian Music. In 1990, Tsai went to study ethnomusicology at University of Maryland from Jozef Pacholczyk, Philip Schuyler, and Mantle Hood and got his PhD in Ethnomusicology in 1998. Tsai is well-experienced in field study through his long-time research on Islamic music, medical ethnomusicology, overseas Chinese music, music of ethnic minorities in China and traditional opera music in Taiwan, travelling widely to Indonesia, Xinjian, Iran and Uzbekistan. He has published three books: Sound, Ritual and Medicine: Culture and Activities of Javanese Folk Healing (2015),Tradition and Modernity: Islamic Music and Culture in Indonesia (2006) and Music and Culture of the Islamic World (2002) and many research papers, in seminars and academic journals within and outside of Taiwan, on topics like traditional music in Indonesia, Chinese music in Indonesia, medical ethnomusicology, Islamic religious music, Xinjian uygur music, and Taiwanese opera music.