the verb abāz-handāxtan is used in Dēnkard IV. Different definitions of the verb caused two divergent interpretations of the history of the Zoroastrians scriptures during Sasanian era. This article does not attempt to provide a third category of meaning, but tries to suggest a subtle modification to the traditionally accepted meaning of ‘to collate’. The new nuanced meaning is derived from New Persian texts, which include similar usage of the verb and were written not much later than Middle Persian ones. The suggested meaning is ‘to (re-)measure’.
Van BladelK.ReismanDavid“The Arabic History of Science of Abū Sahl ibn Nawbakht and Its Middle Persian Sources,”Islamic Philosophy Science Culture and Religion: Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas2012Leiden4162