Religion 7 June 2010 Islam is an extremist faith and prone to terrorism, say Britons But we don’t know very much about it, they admit. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up I've just had an email from the Quilliam Foundation, the "counter-extremism" Muslim think tank run by Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz, which outlines the results of a new YouGov poll: - 58 per cent of people associate Islam with extremism - 50 per cent associate Islam with terrorism - 69 per cent believe Islam encourages the repression of women - 60 per cent say they don't know very much about Islam My immediate response -- apart from holding my head in my hands and feeling very depressed -- is to note a tension in these results. If the majority of Britons (60 per cent) admit to pollsters that they "don't know very much about Islam", why then do they choose to "associate" Islam with terrorism and extremism and take such a firm view on Islam's treatment of women? I don't know very much about Liechtenstein or Jainism, which is why I don't automatically "associate" either Liechtenstein or Jainism with terrorism or extremism (or, for that matter, peace and goodwill or any other vice or virtue). Nor do I pontificate on the rights of women in Liechtenstein or in Jainism. Nor would I answer any question put to me by a pollster on Liechtenstein or Jainism with anything other than the words: "Don't know." Special subscription offer: Get 12 issues for £12 plus a free copy of Andy Beckett's "When the Lights Went Out". › How trailing Abbott could still make the ballot paper Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!