Commentary in AP World History Essays. Standard essay format. I. Thesis II. TS -- Evidentiary Paragraph 1 A. Evidence 1 B. Evidence 2 C. Evidence 3 D. Commentary III. TS -- Evidentiary Paragraph 2 IV. TS -- Evidentiary Paragraph 3. Standard structure for evidentiary paragraph.
II. TS -- Evidentiary Paragraph 1
A. Evidence 1
B. Evidence 2
C. Evidence 3
III. TS -- Evidentiary Paragraph 2
IV. TS -- Evidentiary Paragraph 3
(Three degrees of impact in the statement above)
Both Islam and Buddhism spread along trade routes, but Buddhism did not inspire political powers. Buddhism spread along the Silk Road and Indian Ocean networks, as did Islam. The Caliphates, however, represented political and religious authority in the Muslim world. Even after the fall of the Abbasid Caliphate individual states called Sultanates rose up. Sharia provided a legal code on which to administer areas. Buddhism never inspired a governmental structure. Because Buddhism provided no legal code and focused on the afterlife, it was rarely political. Existing trade routes provided quick paths for the diffusion of both religions.
In both West Africa and SE Asia a syncretic version of Islam retained more freedom for women, however West Africa had centers of religious authority unlike SE Asia. Women in SE Asia were traditionally given equal status and political roles, such as the Troung sisters of Vietnam. In Ghana women were allowed public presence and did not wear the veil. Ghana had a traditional capital as well as a Muslim-ruled trade city which provided central authority. There was no such central authority in SE Asia.
(your causation commentary here)