You can pretty much gauge whether or not a woman is from a strict Islam family if she is wearing a hajib (head covering) or a niqab (face veil).
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.
Patience is a virtue and something that will come in handy when dating Arab women.
Not only will the woman most likely be labeled as an outcast but you will be viewed as the enemy as well.
Of course not all Arab women are Muslims so they will not all be governed by the same strict codes of conduct.
Recent headlines have shown that there has been a great deal of tension among Islamic Arab families living in the West but still holding strong to their faith.
Islamic women are not allowed to choose their dates and men must ask permission from the father, elder brother or elder male family member prior to dating a woman.
However, be prepared to be refused the first time you ask!
At this point it would be the worst thing you could do to ignore their wishes.
Understanding the Arab Culture Even though being Arabic and being Muslim are not one and the same, there is a great deal of overlap in their views on marriage and dating.
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.
This alone significantly impacts the way Arab women are reared.
Young women are not generally seen in the company of men unchaperoned and quite often their marriages are still arranged for them!