Because a great number of Islamic women do attend universities in the West you will interact with them so it is imperative to be able to discern if her family would take offense to her dating a non-believer.
While the rest of the world was focusing on womens lib, the Arab nations were immersed in traditional Arab/Islam values and customs.
One thing that you will notice is that Arab women more readily defer to male dominance even though they demand your respect.
This is not always the case of Arabs living in the Western world as families here may have been assimilated into our culture to some extent.
However, Arab women will still need to be treated with much more respect than their western counterparts if you ever hope to make this relationship work.
This alone significantly impacts the way Arab women are reared.
If a woman is a native of one of the Arab states you can bet she will have been sheltered while growing up.
Bear in mind that there are roughly one and a half billion believers in the Muslim faith while there actual Arabs can only be numbered in the hundreds of millions.
Although Arab women can be of any faith, the governments are predominantly Muslim.
In the West we have trouble with this concept because women have been independent for a very long time.