NURCE - The Nazarbayev University’s Research Centre for Entrepreneurship


Nurlykhan Aljanova

Senior Lecturer at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
Her research focuses on the Kazakh Identity, Creative Industry, Cultural and Religious Entrepreneurship, and Religious Studies. Along with several published articles on Religion and Entrepreneurship, Semiotic Aspects of Kazakh Traditional Culture, she co-authored some books on Cultural Monuments and Symbols.
She is an Editorial Board Member of the Eurasian Journal of Religious Studies, Bulletin of Indonesian Islamic Studies Acted as a Research Fellow at the Qazaq Research Insitute for Future Studies (2019-2020), Secretary of the High Qualification Committee of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2018-2021), Deputy Head on Science, Innovations and International Cooperation (2016-2022). Nurlykhan had research internships and served as visiting professor at Madrid Complutense University within project One Asia Foundation. The One Asia Community in Cross-cultural dialogue with Europe II.

1. “Modeling Alternatives for Imams’ Role and Islam Development in Post- Pandemic Kazakhstan” in Journal of Futures Studies, 2022, Vol. 26(4) 79-97. DOI: 10.6531/JFS.202206_26(4).0008 (Co-authored with Yelena V. Muzykina)

2. “Environmental Crisis as an Enabler of Entrepreneurial Activities in a Non- Profit Organization: A Case Study on Kendriya Vidyalaya” in South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases, 2022, 11(2), pp. 129–147. (Co-authored with Pal, S., Biswas, S.)

3. “Religion as a Dominant Logic for Entrepreneurial Activities: Theorizing the Dynamics in and Around ‘We’d Meat Burger, Kazakhstan’” South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases, 2021, P.1-16. (Co-authored with Amanbayev, Y., Mirzaliyeva, S., Ghosh, A.)

4. “The Marginocentric Cultural Features of Cities along the Great Silk Road in the territory of Kazakhstan,” in CLC-WEB Comparative literature and art (Purdue University Press), 20.2 (2018), article 5. (Co-authored with Ainura Kurmanaliyeva & Mira Manassova)

5. “A Semiotic Analysis of the Yurt, Clothing and Food Eating Habits in Kazakh Traditional Cultures,” in The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies (USA), 14.1 (2015), pp. 27-36. (Co-authored with Karlygash Borbassova & Shamshiya Rysbekova)

6. “Etiquette rules and intercultural relations in Kazakh society after independence from the Soviet Union” in Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology (Romania) (2015). - V. 12. - Is. l . -pp. 187- 196. (Co-authored with Karlygash Borbassova)
Books/book chapters

1. Aljanova N.K. (eds.) Cultural Studies: Textbook for university and college students / Comp. T.Gabitov (in Kazakh) / Almaty: Lantar Trade LLP, 2022. - 364 p.

2. Aljanova N.K. (eds.) Cultural Studies: Textbook for university and college students / Chapter 1.9 Semiotic analysis of cultural symbols and symbols. Cultural communication / Comp. T.Gabitov (in Kazakh) / Almaty: Lantar Trade LLP, 2019. - 416 p.

3. Aljanova N.K. (eds.) Encyclopedia of spiritual and cultural monuments of Kazakhstan (in Kazakh) / Almaty: Kazakh University, 2018. – 298 p.

4. Aljanova N.K. (eds.) Catalogue-content: cultural monuments, concepts, and texts (in Kazakh) / Almaty: Kazakh University, 2018.