I just don't want my being so drastically different from him to be a bother to his life.
Any Muslim/Arab men or women out there ready to give a little Italian/Catholic girl a few words of wisdom?
Don`t expect him to convert but it is known that muslim women have to marry a muslim man only but a muslim man is allowed to wed a non-muslim (be that she is by the book).
Also before going this far, make sure you know of his status in the country and he is not using you as a ladder to become a citizen (spousal way).
If he adheres to his religion very closely, then it might be hard for you to pursue a long-term relationship with him from the cultural viewpoint.
The thing is, it might be hard to understand, but if you`re thinking of marriage down the road then it is possible.