Do your homework : tell us from where those guys (Zeca's review) come from: al-Shaʿbī (d. between 103/721 and 109/727), al-Zuhrī (d. 124/742), ʿAbdallāh b. ʿAwn (d. 151/768), al-Awzāʿī (d. 157/774), and Sufyān al-Thawrī (d. 161/778).
I am not sure why you are thanking me for that book., but that just 190 pages seem to have more information on that very important period of Islam than all books/papers I read on Islam .... apart from that link of zeca on reviewing that book number of folks wrote reviews on it.. it is interesting that book seems to have published in the year 2013dr. Asma Afsaruddin of indiana university
also reviewed that book Strange though I am exploring Islam and Islamic history for a long time for personal reasons through religious as well academic point of view., I never came across dr. Steven Judd's work
.. apart from that book he seem to have three more books..Hamza M. Zafer on Steven Judd’s Religious Scholars and the UmayyadsDavid S. Powers
of Cornell University also reviewed that book., Hmm I have to get it somehow...
as far as these guys are concerned
where those guys (Zeca's review) come from: al-Shaʿbī (d. between 103/721 and 109/727), al-Zuhrī (d. 124/742), ʿAbdallāh b. ʿAwn (d. 151/768), al-Awzāʿī (d. 157/774), and Sufyān al-Thawrī (d. 161/778).
.... Are these guys some how related to Hadith of Islam .. or they just hidden historical persons of Islam??
Anyway going back to our earlier chit-chat on that Battle of Karbala that was supposed to have occured on 10th October 680 between the army of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I and a small army led by Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, ......
Question again is ..DID IT REALLY OCCUR...... even if we remove Prophet of Islam and Mecca /medina story from Islam...... and... and Quranic manuscripts are the only reason how Islam came through Arabic language propagated by Arabs folks/leaders of that time from Syria/Palestine/Iraq...Iran/Iran border ??
or is it complete hog-wash story?? religious believers write all sorts of stories on every faith for many reasons .. including stories for children.... you know when I was a little kid. family folks used to dress me up and put me up on horse with little sword on Muharram.... At that time I didn't know the guy was brutally murdered ...
... anyways ... life moves on
with best wishes