In Greece, there is a special recipe called “Imam Baildi”.
Its roots are somewhere in minor Asia. My grand mother (who came from Smyrna)
used to tell me this story:
In Turkish, “Βayilmak” means “faint”. So, it’s the Imam who fainted.
There is a story in Turkey that goes like this:
During the Ramadan (when Muslims are forbidden to eat anything before sunset),
there was this Imam who was chanting from his minaret. Suddenly,
This smell coming from a neighboring house,
was so delicious that made him faint and fall of the minaret.
Since then, this dish took the name “Imam baildi”.
Maybe, it was a woman of another religion who cooked that day
since a true Muslim woman would have never cooked anything before sunset during the Ramadan.