We all know Yemen is in trouble: A resurgent al-Qaeda, a revolt in the north, increasingly violent actions in the south, no oil, no water, a growing youth bulge, declining literacy rates, extensive poverty and of course a weak currency that led to a new head of the Central Bank.

But none of those is what threatens Yemen's future. Instead, at least according to a meeting of scholars at al-Iman University, what Yemen really, truly needs is a department of Shari'a in its secondary schools.